American Heart Association

Yoda makes sheep history with heart surgery


At first glance, Yoda looks like a perfectly healthy 15-month-old sheep as he playfully butts his head against a visitor’s knee and dances at the sight of his daily treat – a cup of delicious, nutritious grain.

But look closer and you’ll notice the 18-inch-by-18-inch bald […]

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies


Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital.

Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or when […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story


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 […]

From being on life support to playing dress-up


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The delivery of their first child was rough, and Kacie and Alejandro Torres looked forward to an easier one with their second, another girl.

But the then-24-year-old mother knew something was wrong as soon as she saw Emma. Medical staff yelled for chest compressions […]

Chicago man considers each day ‘a big deal’


Mark Cecola appreciates each moment in his life. When the successful Chicago restaurateur isn’t working, he’s with family and longtime friends, enjoying simple pleasures like interesting conversation and laughter.

Because he lives with heart failure, Cecola is determined not to let the condition sideline him.

“You’ve got […]

Making a difference, in memory of a son


Twins Jacob and Julianna Wells were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob weighed just under 6 pounds and Julianna weighed only 4 pounds, 8 ounces.

Doctors whisked both newborns off to the neonatal intensive care unit. Julianna needed help maintaining her body temperature, […]

Gene therapy may reduce risk of sudden cardiac death from heart disorder

A single dose of gene therapy reduced the risk of sudden cardiac death for one year from an inherited disorder that causes abnormal heart rhythm, according to a new study.

In addition, the gene therapy showed promise in preventing Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia from progressing after birth and in reversing […]

5th grader jumping in father’s memory keeps exceeding fundraising goals

As the daughter of a flight paramedic and an intensive-care nurse, Reghan Haynes has grown up with a keen devotion to improving and saving lives. Given her own chance to help as a third-grader, Reghan became her elementary school’s top fundraiser in the Jump Rope For Heart event.

Reghan is […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Family faced heart-defect diagnosis before birth – again; outcome better the 2nd time

When Greta Hurst was about 15 weeks pregnant with her second child, doctors told her and her husband Darnell that the baby’s heart would not survive.

But little Mariah had a strong will to live. She persevered for 31 weeks before being stillborn. The family was told she likely had […]

SimpleScience@Heart: If you were a preemie, beware possible heart problem

People who were born prematurely should pay special attention to their heart health.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found that young adults who were born more than a month early were more likely to have problems in the right side of their hearts. And the […]