Watch: Reno Artist Gets ‘Second Chance’ After Heart Surgery

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Research shows that women have different heart disease symptoms than men, and Reno resident Janice Marini was no different. Her symptoms didn’t alert her to a problem — until a visit to a cardiologist alerted her to a need for heart surgery.

Painting is a passion for heart disease survivor Janice Marini, who had to put her hobby aside while she dealt with a much unexpected heart surgery.

Janice had a heart murmur for years, but didn’t think much about it. Then her primary care physician recommended she see a specialist.

“She said you’ve had this murmur for a long time. Let’s send you to a cardiologist to be on the safe side,” explained Janice.

Watch Janice’s Story:


That first visit to Renown Cardiologist John Grinsell, MD, led to regular checkups and eventually heart surgery.

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Janice didn’t have what she considered normal symptoms of heart failure — she was just unusually tired.

“They did give me a second chance. I don’t know that I would be sitting here for many more years if it had just gone on undetected,” disclosed Janice.

To learn more about heart disease and Renown programs, visit www.renown.org/heart.

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