What is an INR test?

What is an INR test? If you’re a member of the Zipper Club chances are you have had to get your INR checked. If you’re new to the Zipper Club or will be becoming a member soon, get ready for these important tests.  When the doctor orders an INR test it...

Tim’s Zipper Story

This post comes from the VERY well written Tim Nichols. SYMPTOMS “Last autumn I was leaving on a weekend trip to Pennsylvania to celebrate my mom’s 85th birthday. Along the way I couldn’t shake a nagging concern that I was having really really mild chest pains. ...

Caitlyn’s Ticker

Hi everyone! My name is Caitlyn MacKay. I was born in 1990 with Truncus Arteriosus and am now 27 years old. Surgery I underwent my first major open-heart surgery at the age of 3 months old; I live in Columbus Ohio but at the time they were not doing the procedure I...

The Importance of Listening to Your Body

Today’s Zipper story comes from Rosanne, a very well written sixty five year old who we are sure will inspire many readers! Diagnosis The mitral valve prolapse I learned about at age 26 never gave me any problems. A doctor found it during a routine annual exam...

Thaddeus’s Success

Hello everyone! My name is Thaddeus. I am a twenty-eight year old correctional officer from Chicopee, Massachusetts. I was born with Tetralogy of Fallot which most of you know is a congenital heart defect (CHD) consisting of four individual defects within the heart....