American Heart Association

Having a ball in the fight against heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease is the world’s No. 1 killer. So even those without the condition are still affected.

Pauline Pavao is one of those people.

Although she’s healthy, Pauline lost both her parents to the disease, and her son Cori was born with a congenital heart defect.

Watching loved […]

32 heart surgeries, and she’s only 19

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bethany Gooch was a fussy newborn.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1997, regular pediatrician’s visits didn’t reveal anything wrong. But just days before Bethany’s first Christmas, her color seemed off.

The Gooches took Bethany to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a pair of serious […]

In a book, two friends turn the page on heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Harry Zuckerman didn’t cry when he was born 17 years ago in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Doctors immediately suspected something might be wrong.

Within days, Harry was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that changes the flow of blood through the heart. It occurs […]

Heart attack hasn’t kept veteran runner from competing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tom Burns jumped in the shower after finishing the 5-mile Shamrock Run in the subfreezing temperatures that are familiar to residents of Buffalo, New York. It’s a race the veteran runner had done a number of times.

But once in the warm water, something didn’t feel […]

Young mother’s heart stops during school holiday party

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dec. 17, 2015, began as a festive day.

Lauri Evans hosted a Christmas party at Oakwell Academy, an elementary school she co-founded in College Station, Texas, on the last day before the holiday break.

After escorting a student out of the building to leave early, Lauri was […]

7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Watching 7-year-old Ian Cox run and play with his little brother, it’s hard to imagine he was so fragile at birth.

Like other boys his age, he loves building things with Legos and Playstix, and dressing up as superheroes, particularly the Samurai Power Ranger.

“He wanted to […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions.

“What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask.

When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit after surgery […]

Fighting spirit, rapid response saves stroke survivor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tamsen Butler, a 41-year-old mother of two, wife, Air Force veteran and fitness guru, was putting away groceries with her children on July 22, 2015, when she felt an odd sensation, “like something had shifted in my head,” she remembered.

Something felt funny in her right […]

Motivational speaker suffers cardiac arrest, turns ‘power of one’ message into ‘power of many’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephen Sroka, Ph.D., was addressing public school staffers about the growing heroin addiction problem in Ohio when he remarked, “I feel tired.”

A well-known motivational speaker, Sroka had been talking about difficulties in his own life growing up in poverty. He sometimes uses a dash of […]

Heart defect survivor a model in determination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After a heart murmur was detected in her newborn son, Kristen Holihan was told she could have him checked out at the local children’s hospital, or wait until after the Christmas holiday weekend.

She didn’t want to wait and soon got devastating news: Tyler Matesen, just […]

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