She said that while she was having breakfast with her husband, she began to feel anxious about her speech and had numbness on the tips of her fingers. “[It was] “It was definitely the scariest moment of my life,” she said.
After undergoing tests at UCLA, doctors told her she had a pronounced foramen ovale (PFO), a small opening between the two upper chambers of the heart, the right and left atrium, that had caused a blood clot to travel from her heart to her brain.
She was hospitalized again for an operation to close the hole, which she says was between 12 and 13 mm.
“The most important thing for me is that I feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to shut it down,” she said. “That I would be able to get past this really scary situation and just live my life.”