American Heart Association
Bernie Dennis has a favorite saying about his favorite organization: “People don’t need the American Heart Association … until they need the American Heart Association.”
He’s exhibit A. It took a few heart attacks and a quadruple bypass to get him involved.
While recovering, a rehabilitation nurse challenged him to raise […]
Jose Lepervanche knew he was at risk of a cardiac event. He even tried to prevent it.
He just wasn’t able to keep trying.
Not even after the first time his heart faltered.
Jose’s heart journey began in the early 1990s, while living in his native Venezuela. After experiencing some chest pain, […]
Julie Pannell dropped off her kids at school before heading to the YMCA to swim with her friend Hannah as part of their training for a triathlon.
After about 45 minutes in the lap pool, they went to the locker room. Suddenly, Julie felt like she had the wind knocked […]
Just home from grocery shopping, Michelle Johnston pulled her truck into the driveway. As her daughter, Sydney, went to help her take the bags inside, Michelle bent down to give her a hug.
That’s when Michelle collapsed. Her eyes rolled back into her head and she took her last breath.
On perhaps the last night of his life, Brian Curin was told he needed to get some rest for the big day ahead. If he couldn’t drift off to sleep on his own, a nurse would be back soon with medicine to help speed the process.
Brian, however, had something […]
One summer afternoon, 22-year-old Lauren Kornacki arrived home from her job as a lifeguard with hopes of borrowing the family car to go visit her best friend.
The car was in the garage being worked on by her dad, Alec Kornacki. He was trying to fix a brake problem.
When Lauren […]
Robert Epps was working the soundboard at his local church one Sunday morning when he walked up the stairs to the office. This simple activity left the 31-year-old with a terrible pain in his chest that made it hard to breathe.
“It felt like someone had stabbed me with a […]
Tim Weaver was cleaning a boat engine one minute and frantically gasping “Help” the next.
His son-in-law David Andrew was ordering pizza one minute and dialing 9-1-1 the next.
Family and friends around them were wrapping up their Memorial Day weekend on the beach one minute and pulling together to try […]
Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif.
When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to class, she dismissed it.
“Who would think it was anything?” she recalled. “Just a headache – harmless.”
But Vandna began feeling confused in […]
Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.
Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]
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