Debbie Adams has lived with heart problems since she was a child. We had chat with her to find out how she balances her chronic illness and living strong.

Debbie Adams; heart problems span 4 decades. At the age of six years old she developed rheumatic fever, which damaged her heart valves. Now age 54, she is one of the lucky ones to have no heart attacks nor any heart valve replacements only prescribed Penicillin for about 6 months. She adds: “being a very active person, my heart rate would reach 145bpm and it would feel like I cannot get enough oxygen.”

Debbie is currently living in Swaziland and recently made the best decision of her life. 3 Kids later and still motivated to be active and to keep up with her friends on the bike.

She decided to buy herself a Silverback S-Electro TRAIL bike. Her friends would be very concerned that she would get a heart attack any time soon because she always wanted too and believes she can keep up with her riding crew. She really didn’t want to give up what she loves.

Being very involved in running and swimming she needed to take a step back and care for her health. It is vital that she keeps her heart rate below dangerous levels, with no risk of a heart attack. “it is the best thing I have ever done, I love my bike,” says Mrs. Adams.

The S-Electro TRAIL bike is like a match made in heaven for Debbie, “ It charges really quickly to 80% and helps me venture where ever I want to go.”

“Fortunately, my job requires me to be outdoors and be active,” she adds. Eating healthy and keeping fit would be the top two requirements for the start of a better life.

Featuring our new Right Fit geometry, the S-Electro Trail brings uncompromised climbing and descending prowess to trail e-bikes. 

 

Rheumatic heart disease facts

  • The global burden of disease caused by rheumatic fever and RHD currently falls disproportionately on children and young adults living in low-income countries and is responsible for about 233,000 deaths annually.
  • At least 15.6 million people are estimated to be currently affected by RHD with a significant number of them requiring repeated hospitalization and, often unaffordable, heart surgery in the next five to 20 years.
  • The worst affected areas are sub-Saharan Africa, south-central Asia, the Pacific and indigenous populations of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Up to 1 percent of all schoolchildren in Africa, Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean region, and Latin America show signs of the disease.
  • Globally, up to 80 million people suffer from RHD, and up to 460,000 people die from RHD each year, with nearly 300,000 new cases detected every year. However, cases of rheumatic fever are greatly underreported

Source: https://spice4life.co.za/healthy_living/rheumatic-heart-disease/

 

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