Open-Hearted - My Life with Cardiomyopathy and Heart FailurePatricia Vlasman leads her life with a heart condition since birth: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She is strongly advised against pregnancy and always takes oral contraception, but finds herself pregnant. She and her husband decide to keep their baby.Patricia gives birth to a wonderful son whilst having three cardiac arrests. Soon thereafter she suffers serious arrhythmias and loses her ability to work. When Dutch cardiologists say they have little left to offer her, the only option is to ask for a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in the US.A fundraising concert with well-kwn artists enables Patricia to find the means to do this. In the US she gets recommendations for treatment to buy her more time. Back in the Netherlands she tries to be a mainstream mother in between checkups and hospital admissions, but her life is t at all rmal - every hiccup leads to looming arrhythmias.Open-hearted is t only recommended reading for heart patients and their family and friends, but for anybody who wants to get inspired by someone with an extraordinary fighting spirit, and a never ending optimism - against all odds.
Patricia Vlasman (1971) read social studies and political sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She had a job at the Dutch Ministry of Justice but her worsening heart condition ended her career.She now spends her life as a novelist and coaches people with cardiac diseases. In 2010 her first novel appeared: Loneliness prevailing.In Open-hearted - My Life with Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure, Patricia Vlasman relates her daily struggle as a heart patient. A moving, raw and brave story. She swiftly draws you into her life and shows all sides of her hampering but loving heart.Patricia is married and lives together with her husband and son in Amsterdam.