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North Ridgeville golfer with rare heart disease starts small business to fund cardiac research

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Nicole Gerome is looking to fund cardiac research through its product line five years after being diagnosed with rare heart disease.

“I’m really proud of who I am, of the woman I have become and that I can do something like that too,” she said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon.

Deals, Clothes before your heart, presents a collection of clothing and items designed to raise awareness of the importance of heart health.

Proceeds go to the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society, or PACES, an organization that studies the rare heart disease that affects Gerome.

The 23-year-old golfer, who hopes to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association, has suffered from the effects of her illness since she was 18.

Her heart disease is so rare that doctors don’t yet have a name for her.

“What my heart does is that it beats so fast that both my valves close at the same time, which does not cause any blood or oxygen to flow to the brain,” she explained.

Gerome’s diagnosis came five years ago, when she began to experience chest pain.

This pain led to a trip to the emergency department at University Hospitals in downtown Cleveland.

“I was pretty upset,” she recalls, “one of those things like, ‘why is this happening to me? “”

Nowadays, Gérôme is doing much better, thanks to the doctors found who can work on his condition.

She also received generous support from her family and benefited from PACES research.

The golfer hopes her products will remind ordinary people of the health needs of athletes.

“There were a lot of times they were there and some[one] just dies, and you’re like, ‘what’s causing this thing?’ “, did she say. “I think it’s important to find more research there.”

Gerome has done more in the past five years than she ever thought possible, and she’s hoping anyone with a similar medical condition can do the same.

“Never give up,” she said. “We all go through things. It’s about doing your best not to let it affect you.

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