Trenton “Bubba” Dekker hugs his mother, Kayla Dekker, resting his head against her HeartMate 3 heart pump, which assists her heart as she waits for a heart transplant, during an unveiling ceremony to showcase artwork by local artists aiming to raise awareness about women and heart disease at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Dekker has chronic congestive heart failure due to peripartum cardiomyopathy.

Trenton “Bubba” Dekker hugs his mother, Kayla Dekker, resting his head against her HeartMate 3 heart pump, which assists her heart as she waits for a heart transplant, during an unveiling ceremony to showcase artwork by local artists aiming to raise awareness about women and heart disease at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Dekker has chronic congestive heart failure due to peripartum cardiomyopathy. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

MURRAY — Kayla Decker was just 26 years old when she was diagnosed with chronic congestive heart failure. She’d just had her second child.

“I had no idea. I went in three months after having my baby because I had a cough for three months. I went in and they told me I had bronchitis. A few months later, I came back and found out that my heart was actually quite enlarged on the left side,” Decker said. “That’s how they discovered it.”

Decker is one of many American women with heart disease. In fact, the disease is the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. women, said Terri Kane, Intermountain Healthcare vice president and chief operating officer of clinical programs and services.

It’s women like Decker who pushed five local artists to team up with heart clinicians from Intermountain Healthcare and the American Heart Association to create paintings centered around the disease’s impact on women. The artwork was rendered to raise awareness and give artists the opportunity to share their views on women and heart disease, Kane explained. The artists unveiled their work during a ceremony at Intermountain Medical Center on Tuesday.

Concealed by red drapings, the paintings waited behind the podium where Kismet Rasmusson, Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute researcher, stood.

“Only about half of the women in the United States recognize that heart disease is the leading cause …read more

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