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New heart pump works better than older model

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A next-generation heart pump outperformed an older version in advanced heart failure patients, early results from a new study found.

The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, take on the function of pumping blood to the body. For some of the […]

Texas chef’s culinary mission comes from the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease. She made it her mission to make […]

Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign to appear in World Series broadcast

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s Heart of 29 campaign with the American Heart Association is headed to the World Series … on a bow tie.

Longtime baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal wears a different bowtie with a charity tie-in during each game broadcast by Fox. On […]

Life is good after years of battling heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jang Jaswal woke one night short of breath and sensing a slight pressure in his chest. He couldn’t figure out what was happening and grew increasingly frustrated.

“I knew there was something wrong with me,” said Jaswal, who was only 33 at the time.

His wife, Sushila, […]

North Carolina mom learns the hard way that heart disorder runs in her family

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For years, Mother’s Day was a bittersweet holiday for Anne Howell. She was only a teenager when her 41-year-old mother, active and seemingly healthy, suffered sudden cardiac death from what doctors later determined was a heart muscle disease called cardiomyopathy.

“It was a shock to all […]

Rod Carew connects in his first swing against heart disease; Heart of 29 launch weekend proves to be a powerful event

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“Rod Carew: The Fight of His Life” airs on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.

When Rod Carew was a poor boy growing up in Panama, he contracted rheumatic fever. He spent six months in a hospital 40 miles from home. This left him […]

Baseball great Rod Carew winning fight for life

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The way Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew sees it, his body is in a slump.

The way his doctors see it, he’s winning the fight for his life.

Carew’s world took this drastic turn Sept. 20, when he suffered a heart attack while playing golf. A […]

Dallas man heart failure-free thanks to new heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As Todd Cunningham approached his 52nd birthday, he began to notice some troubling changes.

The brisk 3- to 4-mile walk he’d regularly do around a nearby park was getting harder. He just didn’t seem to have as much stamina, and would get short of breath.

“I figured […]

Ohio man grateful for new heart, pink tutu

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Donerik Black awoke one night in 2009 in a panic. He couldn’t catch his breath.

His wife, Angie, urged him to relax and try to go back to sleep. He needed to get to the hospital, he told her.

“I’m not a hospital kind of guy,” he […]

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Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

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