Woman shares story in hopes of inspiring a healthier lifestyle in others

Hope Jones was diagnosed with heart disease, and knowing it's the number one killer in women, she did what she could to save her life. Now she's helping others.

Posted: Jul 20, 2019 9:37 PM
Updated: Jul 21, 2019 1:13 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hope Jones story starts 6 years ago when she experienced a heart emergency during family vacation time becoming diagnosed with superventricular tachycardia at 32 years old.

"They haven't really been able to pin how I have SVT, but one of the things is stress was a part of that," Jones said.

Before taking another family trip, this time to Disney World, she had to take a trip to the hospital which brought life changing decisions.

"My heart rate went from 65 beats per minute to 180. When that happened I knew right away that something was off. I had cold sweats. I was light headed. I had trouble keeping my body stationary like it was just shaking," Jones explained.

Her heart had to be reset. Doctors stopping her heart 2 times in order to get it where it needed to be. The third time it worked. That wake up call changed her whole life.

"One of the things I tell women and men, if something is off with your body, you need to go and seek medical attention immediately," she added.

She's sharing her story through Transitional Health, Inc.- a non- profit centered around creating a healthier lifestyle. Transitional Health Inc. held a luncheon Saturday in hopes of saving other lives.

"It's important for people to hear stories, successful stories of people that look like them. Ms. Hope has a very powerful testimony of her survival of having her heart condition and challenges, what she did to overcome them, and what she's doing now to lead a more proactive healthy life," executive director for Transitional Health, Inc. Yalonda Naylor said.

To learn more about Transitional Health, Inc. visit their facebook page here

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