Miles segue-Oside had no idea his heart was about to fail until it was almost too late.
Miles, who calls himself “Kilometerz” on stage, was 26 and had a budding music career ahead of him when he discovered he was suffering from advanced congestive heart failure.
He said it started as a nagging cough that followed him for about a year.
Doctors initially thought it was bronchitis and tried to treat her symptoms with medication. Medical professionals even thought he might have had pneumonia, but his condition only got worse.
“They said my liver and kidneys weren’t working one hundred percent, so they told me to go straight to the hospital,” Miles said. “(They said) don’t even come home, and I was like, ‘Oh, is this that bad?'”
He admits he was scared because he had lost his mother to heart failure as a child. She was awaiting a heart transplant when she died.
After transferring to UTHealth Houston and Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute-TMC, Miles found he needed a new heart as well.
“He had a lot of fluid and he was extremely short of breath. He was barely able to finish his sentences,” said Dr. Sriram Nathan, cardiologist with the heart failure team at UTHealth Houston’s McGovern Medical School and of the Hermann Heart Memorial. and Vascular Institute-TMC.
Dr. Nathan says Miles’ heart was too weak to function on its own. He needed a heart pump, called an LVAD, or left ventricular assist device.
This battery-powered device has been strapped to his body 24/7 for more than two years while waiting for a new heart.
After two match attempts, the rapper known for his dazzling smile, got the call he was praying for.
Miles says he thinks a lot about his mother.
“She would be proud of me and everything I’ve accomplished,” Miles said.
Miles released a new song called “Hearty McFly” on Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube. This is his incredible heart journey.
It is important that you know these signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure:
- Swelling of the legs, ankles and feet
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Persistent cough or wheezing with blood-tinged white or pink mucus
- Rapid weight gain due to fluid accumulation
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