48 episodes

Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday for conversations on open-heart surgery from the patient perspective. Boots explores the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of surgery with fellow heart patients and health care providers. This podcast aims to help patients feel less overwhelmed so you can get on with living your best life after surgery. You not only deserve to survive open-heart surgery, you deserve to THRIVE!

The Heart Chamber Boots Knighton

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Join Boots Knighton every Tuesday for conversations on open-heart surgery from the patient perspective. Boots explores the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual experiences of surgery with fellow heart patients and health care providers. This podcast aims to help patients feel less overwhelmed so you can get on with living your best life after surgery. You not only deserve to survive open-heart surgery, you deserve to THRIVE!

    Be A Proactive Patient: Using Your Genetic Blueprint For Heart Health

    Be A Proactive Patient: Using Your Genetic Blueprint For Heart Health

    Imagine if knowing your genes could help you live a healthier, more informed life... Well, that's exactly what we're exploring in this enthralling installment of The Heart Chamber Podcast. Join Boots Knighton as she converses with Elwin Robinson of Genetic Insights, who unlocks the dynamic interaction between our genes and everyday health. This episode gives you a glimpse into how genetic predispositions can dictate your body's needs - and we're not just talking about the usual suspects like heart health and cholesterol. Targeted genetic testing reveals much more, and we nudge the door open on topics like homocysteine levels, the impact of lifestyle on genetic expression, and the importance of specific nutrient profiles. Plus, you’ll hear Boots' own journey of discovery that might resonate with your own health experiences. Excited yet? There's a wealth of knowledge to unearth, so plug in, take notes, and let's decode your health together on The Heart Chamber Podcast!
    To explore Genetic Insights and receive 25% off your blueprint, To find out about your Genetics, visit: GENETICINSIGHTS.CO And use coupon Code: HEARTCHAMBER For 25% OFF!
    A Little More About Today's GuestIn 2019 Elwin Robinson developed severe digestive issues which ruined his life, causing constant pain, anxiety, severe weight loss and countless emergency room visits.
    Surprisingly, this was despite having owned several health businesses for over 10 years, and living a lifestyle that was healthier than 99% of people.
    Worst of all, no one he saw, from medical doctors to dozens of different alternative health practitioners, was able to work out what was wrong or offer any help.
    Then in 2021 he discovered the power of genetic testing, which finally gave him the answers that no one else had been able to provide.
    How to connect with ElwinWebsite: www.FeelYounger.net
    Linktree: https://linktr.ee/elwinrobinson
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/elwinrobinson
    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)

    • 50 min
    Your Guide to the First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery from a Respiratory Therapist

    Your Guide to the First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery from a Respiratory Therapist

    What does it feel like 24 hours after open-heart surgery? In this compelling episode of The Heart Chamber Podcast, Cheryl Ilov strips the mystery away, providing an intimate narration of the OR's intense atmosphere. From the beep of the monitors to the whoosh of the ventilator, Cheryl guides listeners through the process as if they are right there in the room. Host Boots Knighton offers a heartfelt perspective from the patient's side, revealing what it's like to wake up amidst a forest of tubes and wires. This episode is a rare look behind the curtain of medical advancement and personal transformation. Sit tight as we prepare to take you on a journey that beats with the rhythm of raw human emotion and technological marvel. Don't miss this episode of The Heart Chamber—it's time to be audaciously heartstrong.
    A Little More About Today's GuestCheryl Ilov is a former respiratory therapist and critical care specialist, with extensive experience in the cardiac care units. After spending almost 20 years in the field, Cheryl earned her master's degree in physical therapy and spent 18 years in private practice. She is also the author of two books, a podcast host, and a second degree black belt in an ancient Japanese martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu.
    How to connect with CherylWebsite: http://cherylilov.com
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cherylilovvitalityconsultant/
    Instagram: @cherylilov
    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)

    • 35 min
    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
    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)

    • 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

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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