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Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday a podcast on hope, inspiration and healing on The Heart Chamber: patient stories from open-heart surgery to recovery highlights patients' physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of open-heart surgery. Health care providers also come on the show to provide different perspectives for not only making healing process less daunting but also more than possible to living your best life better than before surgery.

The Heart Chamber Boots Knighton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday a podcast on hope, inspiration and healing on The Heart Chamber: patient stories from open-heart surgery to recovery highlights patients' physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of open-heart surgery. Health care providers also come on the show to provide different perspectives for not only making healing process less daunting but also more than possible to living your best life better than before surgery.

    From Heart Defect to Triple Transplant Triumph with Aimee Mackovic -45

    From Heart Defect to Triple Transplant Triumph with Aimee Mackovic -45

    In episode 45 of The Heart Chamber Podcast, we dive into Aimee Mackovic's inspiring journey through a triple organ transplant during the pandemic. An accomplished poet and English professor from Austin, Texas, Aimee shares her battle with a congenital heart defect and subsequent heart and liver failures. Her memoir, "Contains Recycled Parts," available on Amazon, details this life-altering experience. Aimee was born with a congenital defect and needed the Fontan procedure at 15 months old. To her surprise, she learned at age 44, she would need a new heart and liver and then, eventually, a new kidney. We discuss the challenges she faced, including recovery, the importance of understanding medical information, and the invaluable role of community support. Aimee emphasizes the significance of emotional readiness and the impact of writing as a healing tool. Tune in to hear her incredible story of resilience and the life-saving power of organ donation.
    A Little More About Today's GuestAimee Mackovic was born with a congenital defect (a hole in the middle of her heart) and underwent her first open heart surgery at 15 months for a pulmonary banding, which was a temporary fix. That "fix" lasted until she was 22 years old. At 22, Aimee underwent another open-heart surgery to potentially now repair the hole. Due to the nature of the defect, a full repair was not possible, so they did a newly touted Fontan procedure, which was meant to be a bridge surgery to an eventual heart transplant. Well, another 22 years later with another hospital stay, she is admitted to Dell's Children Hospital in Austin, TX with heart and liver failure. The very complex and urgent nature of her case caused her to be taken on by Stanford Hospital in California, where she received her heart and liver on December 13th, 2019. She received a kidney transplant in June of 2022. In June of 2023, she moved back to Austin, TX, where she resumed her teaching life at Austin Community College and her social life with her friends. Her memoir, Contains Recycled Parts, is a humorous, gut-wrenching look at her triple-transplant journey.
    How to connect with AimeeInstagram: @aimeemackovic
    Website: www.aimeemackovic.com
    Book: Contains Recycled Parts - https://twosisterswriting.com/book/contains-recycled-parts/
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
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    • 34 min
    Laura Hoorweg on COVID, Cholesterol, CABG and Cardiac Recovery Challenges -44

    Laura Hoorweg on COVID, Cholesterol, CABG and Cardiac Recovery Challenges -44

    Join us on The Heart Chamber Podcast, THCP 44, as our host Boots Knighton sits down with Laura Hoorweg to share her heart surgery ordeal post-COVID. Laura attributes her heart condition to her fight with the virus, contrasting doctors' claims of genetics. She opens up about her surgeon's efforts for minimal scarring, her spiritual journey through heart chakra healing, and tackling cardiac depression. Laura and Boots discuss the challenges of surgery recovery, including navigating emotional vulnerabilities and finding strength in meditation. They highlight the significance of accessible resources, like the British Heart Association's exercise videos, for post-surgery care. Tune in to hear about their personal battles with heart health and the resilience needed to overcome them.
    A Little More About Today's GuestLaura Hoorweg is an international Spiritual Counsellor and Clairvoyant Medium. She has a laser-like way of seeing relevant details in all the areas of your life. She is perceptive in ways that feel like your own deepest knowing. She brings a compassionate, no-nonsense presence to her work along with a huge capacity to see and outline the most positive life-affirming way forward. She is both a seer and a counselor. A refreshing combination!
    Do you want to gain clarity, direction, conformation, and new perspectives on your life, relationships, business, and life purpose?
    Clients experience life-changing shifts working with Laura. She assists her clients in getting in touch with their authentic selves and exploring new opportunities in their careers, relationships, and lives. She specializes in guiding her clients through major life changes and challenges.
    Laura is dedicated to assisting others transform their lives and find their own guidance and inner peace.
    Laura's ability to tune into your being is quite profound. She guides you through any issues you may be having with amazing clarity and compassion.
    She is honored to lovingly assist people in contacting loved ones who have crossed over and to provide comfort and confirmation that love never dies and those we love and care about are truly never lost to us but simply transformed.
    Her passion is to empower people to live their lives in the most authentic and passionate way possible, aligning their lives with their own divine mission and discovering and developing their own spiritual gifts.
    How to connect with LauraWebsite: www.spiritspeaks2.me
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/SpiritSpeaksToMe
    Email: laurahoorweg@gmail.com
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 36 min
    The Power of Presence and Intuition in Heart Surgery with Dr. Fazzino -43

    The Power of Presence and Intuition in Heart Surgery with Dr. Fazzino -43

    Join Boots Knighton on The Heart Chamber Podcast for an insightful discussion with Dr. Dolores Fazzino about the profound connection between mind, body, and spirit. Uncover the power of being in the moment and how intuition can guide life-changing decisions. Dr. Fazzino shares her transformative health care journey, the healing potential of energy work, and the role spirituality plays in medical recovery. Explore the challenges heart patients face with depression, the surprising effects of organ transplants, and why expressing love for our bodies is vital. Dive into this powerful conversation on self-discovery and wellness, and learn how emotional healing can lead to a balanced, joy-filled life.
    A Little More About Today's GuestDr. Dolores Fazzino, a trailblazing thought leader, visionary, and innovator, is revolutionizing the realm of energy healing. As a renowned Nurse Practitioner, Medical Intuitive, and Energy Whisperer, she fearlessly combines the power of intuition and trust to facilitate profound transformations. Driven by a deep belief in the body's innate wisdom, she guides individuals on a transformative journey, empowering them to tap into their own healing potential. Prepare to be captivated by Dr. Fazzino's unique blend of intuition, energy healing expertise, and unwavering trust in the body's innate ability to heal itself.
    How to connect with Dr. FazzinoWebsite: drdoloresfazzino.com/
    Instagram: @drdoloresfazzino
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/drdolores.fazzino
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/doloresfazzino
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/@dr.doloresfazzino
    Podcast: *The Dr. Dolores Fazzino Show
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    How to face fear and other Coping Strategies for Pre- and Post-Heart Surgery -42

    How to face fear and other Coping Strategies for Pre- and Post-Heart Surgery -42

    Join Boots Knighton in this eye-opening episode as she addresses the emotional and psychological preparations leading up to open heart surgery. Through a powerful email from a listener, Boots explores the profound impact of past trauma and loss on the prospect of surgery, discussing the fears and anxieties that accompany such a life-altering procedure. With her trademark openness and vulnerability, Boots offers a unique perspective that delves into the intersection of mental health, resilience, and the challenging journey towards recovery. If you're curious about the emotional complexities of navigating major surgery, this episode provides a compelling and thoughtful exploration of courage, vulnerability, and the power of hope in the face of adversity.
    Boots Knighton has been an educator since the late 1990s in all facets of education including high school science, middle school mathematics, elementary reading, college level ecology, ski instruction, backpacking, and experiential education. Her greatest teacher has been her heart thanks to a surprise diagnosis in 2020 (during the pandemic) of three different congenital heart defects. She is now thriving after her open-heart surgery on January 15, 2021 and is on a mission to raise awareness through her podcast, The Heart Chamber: patient stories of open-heart surgery and recovery, that heart surgery can be an incredible opportunity to begin again in life and live life wide open.

    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/boots-knighton
    If you enjoyed this episode, take a minute and share it with someone you know who will find value in it as well. You can share directly from this platform or send them to:
    The Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)

    • 28 min
    Embracing a New Beat – Tim Rogers' Victory Against Heart Arrhythmia -41

    Embracing a New Beat – Tim Rogers' Victory Against Heart Arrhythmia -41

    This week's episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast features Boots's friend, Tim Rogers, who went from backpacker to heart warrior. Tim opens up about his intense battle against atrial fibrillation (AFib) and how it led him down the path of surgeries and self-discovery. You'll hear how his experience taught him more about the value of life, friendship, and self-care. He shares how he crushed his PT goals and the inspiring aftermath once he was free of AFib. His legal battles with insurance are also an important piece to his story which many listeners sadly will relate. Tim's story doesn't just beat—it resonates. Brace yourself for an episode that's as much about conquering physical peaks as it is about the emotional highs and lows of a life-altering journey.
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    04:24 Successful weight loss post-heart surgery transformation.
    08:14 Busy life led to shocking health discovery.
    13:11 Irregular heart rhythm can lead to stroke.
    15:39 Struggling through divorce and stress taking toll.
    18:49 Beloved Jackson hike, Tim's feat post-surgery. Insurance trauma.
    22:01 Surgery was essential to go back to work, so Tim had to enlist legal help.
    26:25 Professional, supportive, and unforgettable open-heart surgery experience.
    28:15 Recovery, fear, and determination after medical ordeal.
    30:55 Grateful for support.
    37:12 From junk food to healthy eating habits.
    38:08 Cholesterol medicine stopped; trainer helped improve health.
    41:15 Cherishing life after overcoming adversity and health issues.
    A Little More About Today's GuestTim Rogers lives in Jackson Wyoming and has lived there for over 31 years. He came out to Jackson after graduating from St. Mary’s College in Moraga California in June 1992. Tim came to ski for one season and never went back to California. He's a 2nd-grade teacher at Colter Elementary in town. He's also a part-time ski instructor at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Tim has 2 daughters ages 15 and 17, who really seem to think they are better skiers than him which he begs to differ because he can carve on skis and all they do is ski straight down the mountain and never turn.
    Now for the not-so-fun stuff, Tim was diagnosed with AFib about 5 years ago when he was on the operating table for a hernia. One of the nurses noticed he was in AFib when she looked at the heart monitor. That was the beginning of his journey that ended up in having open heart surgery on August 25th, 2023 down at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake. Tim was in AFib 24 hours a day for months. He went through his stress test in AFib, he had 3 cardioversions in November 2022 and an ablation down in Salt Lake in December 2022. That obviously didn’t work and he was referred to another electrophysiologist down in Salt Lake. He had his maize procedure down in Salt Lake on August 25th of 2023. This surgery with a change in his diet changed his life forever. Tim got a second chance with his life and he is not going to screw this up.
    How to connect with TimFacebook: www.facebook.com/tim.rogers.315
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: @theheartchamberpodcast or @boots.knighton
    LinkedIn: a...

    • 45 min
    Unveiling Stem Cells' Power: The Impact of Patches on Brain Function and Heart Health -40

    Unveiling Stem Cells' Power: The Impact of Patches on Brain Function and Heart Health -40

    Welcome to a compelling episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, where host Boots Knighton and guest Darlene Greene shed light on a breakthrough in health technology - LifeWave patches. Discover the potential of these patches to elevate the body's natural healing abilities, enhance brain function, and even offer respite for conditions like Alzheimer's. Gain insight into the impact of these innovative patches, revealing a glimmer of hope for those grappling with chronic health issues. Darlene's firsthand account of witnessing her husband's remarkable progress after integrating these patches into their wellness journey is nothing short of inspiring. Whether you're seeking solutions for neurological decline, heart health, or simply looking to optimize your well-being, this episode offers a window into the promising world of health patches.
    If you are looking for something specific - here's where you'll find it:
    07:58 Lifewave products use stem cells for wellness without claiming to cure diseases.
    12:10 Extensive research, testimonials, and FDA restrictions on stem cell claims. Patches led to reduced napping.
    16:26 Darlene cares for her spouse with Alzheimer's, feeling hopeless and in pain.
    19:22 Promoting gratitude for improving mental health and reducing medication dependency.
    20:24 Addict gets clean, dies from medication mix-up, spouse on mission for alternative treatment, personal experience with skin issues.
    26:16 GHKCU reduces aging effects, and increases stem cells.
    27:15 GHKCU has potential health benefits for heart, brain, and cancer treatment through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and gene-altering properties, without harming healthy cells.
    36:14 IV and patch raise glutathione levels effectively and safely, with no contraindications or drug interactions.
    37:07 Careful use of immune-boosting patches for organ transplant patients.
    40:35 Peptide activates stem cells in heart, brain, and muscles, improving cardiovascular system and bone density.
    43:38 Summary: A company offers patches for exercise performance and energy enhancement, with global distribution. Created by David Smith, they don't require a prescription and can be worn for 12 hours.
    48:19 Offering special arrangement with Dr. Southwick for health concerns about the patches.
    A Little More About Today's GuestDarlene Greene is focused on helping people optimize their health, get to the root causes of issues that are causing illness, and get out of pain without drugs or pharmaceuticals. She wants to share the affordable photobiomodulation technology that she wishes she had known about four years ago when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's because, after a four-year steep decline, he experienced dramatic improvement in his memory, energy, engagement, sleep, and task capabilities in his first week! He continued to regain skills like whistling and the ability to smell (which he lost 15 years ago). Darlene had a varied and unique background in the Navy and the technology industry. She is passionate about helping others improve their emotional and physical health!
    Interested in how you can support this podcast?
    Email Boots boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    How to connect with DarleneWebsite: iamreverseaging.com
    How to connect with BootsThe Heart Chamber - A podcast for heart patients (theheartchamberpodcast.com)
    Email: Boots@theheartchamberpodcast.com
    Instagram: a href="https://www.instagram.com/theheartchamberpodcast/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Julian Hayes II ,

A much-needed message

As someone with family members who have gone through open-heart surgery, I wish they had this podcast. Boots message and mission is necessary because so many people are left with no hope.

Dr. Cody Golman ,

AMAZON WOMAN AND PODCAST

I just love Boots sincere desire to help others. She is kind caring and truly wants to assist others with the challenges of life. I just love this podcast!

Wander Bear3 ,

Fantastic and helpful

I wish a podcast like this had been around before I had my open-heart surgery. Boots’ honesty and candor about both the physical and emotional parts of the surgery is invaluable to someone preparing to have it done. It’s comforting to know you are not alone.

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