Arcata’s Sweetheart On The Mend After Heart Surgery No. 6

Friday, May 24, 2013
Jessica McGuinty

Jessica McGuinty

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Jessica McGuinty, founder/owner/CEO of Arcata-based Jessicurl, underwent her sixth heart surgery Wednesday.

McGuinty, 37, has become a heroine to curly-haired women around the world thanks to her line of hair-care products formulated for those formerly afflicted, now blessed with coily tresses.

Vivacious and outwardly healthy-looking, McGuinty suffers from mitral valve prolapse, tachycardia and atrial fibrillation.

Despite five operations, the conditions persist. Shortly after her last operation, a doctor told her she still needed a mitral valve repair. The sassy redhead replied with a two-word phrase, the second part of which was the word, “off.”

Overcoming her reluctance was the fact that she will not live more than five years unless the valve problem is repaired. “The rhythm stuff has come back, too,” she said. “Maybe they’re related.”

McGuinty had her leaky mitral valve repaired and underwent what’s known as a “Cox maze procedure,” intended to stabilize her heart’s electrical impulses by insulating them with scar tissue. “I think of it as kind of a firewall,” she said.

To her relief, she didn’t have to have her sternum cracked open for the work; instead, her chest was accessed through her ribcage.

McGuinty will be away from Arcata for two weeks.

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12 Responses to “Arcata’s Sweetheart On The Mend After Heart Surgery No. 6”

  1. sending love for a speedy recovery!

  2. Jake Wiegandt

    Love ya Jess!

  3. Connie Spinnerholm

    Wish you well.

  4. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  5. Sari Swede

    You poor thing! You are an inspiration to so many. Heal quickly and fully.

  6. Jane Bell Bosley

    ((sending big love and encouragement from Toronto)) – and glad to hear that you're getting a room-change! YOU GO JESSIGIRL!

  7. Glad to hear you are healthy and well!

  8. Janet Marx Groe

    Wishing you every blessing!! Your fans, Jan and David

  9. so sorry to hear this, wishing you well, your in my prayers..

  10. Wendy Ring

    people with curly hair heal faster.

  11. Wishing you a quick recovery.

  12. […] show will include a silent auction to help Bob and Jessica with their considerable medical expenses. Those wishing to donate items may call Debi Farber Bush […]


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