Mia Cadua underwent surgery for mitral valve repair at Stanford Health Care, which was recently recognized for its excellent record with the procedure.
Two years ago, when she was just 28, Mia Cadua discovered that she had a heart condition called mitral valve prolapse, which, if it worsened, could be fatal.
She had recently married, and the condition complicated her plans to have a baby.
“Of course I started crying,” said Cadua, who lives in Fairfield, in Northern California, with her husband. “They said, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said, ‘I’m just shocked right now.’ The doctors started monitoring me every six months.”
Last fall, things did get worse. Cadua started experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue. She went back to her doctors in Fairfield.