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A heart-stopping finish that changed a life

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A heart-stopping finish that changed a life
Heather Cartwright

​​​​​​​​Heather Cartwright had dreamed of rowing in the Olympics.

Heather Cartwright was an elite rower with dreams of the Olympics when cardiomyopathy turned her world upside down. Now, her sister Meredith, and brother Brian, have turned a difficult diagnosis into hope for others at risk

Heather Cartwright was racing to the finish line the first time heart disease threatened her life.

As a 20-year-old elite athlete on Western University’s varsity women’s eight rowing team, Ms. Cartwright was competing in a regatta at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. Her crew was heading into the last 1,000 metres of a four-kilometre race when she was hit with a crushing wave of muscle fatigue.