American Heart Association

Aged wisdom of former Marine comforts other heart patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bernie Oakes got his first signal that something was wrong with his heart in his early 20s, while undergoing a physical for the Marine Corps. His blood pressure was high, but came down when the test was repeated after he lay down to relax.

“They figured […]

Poet uses her art to connect with other survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors.

Hyde, now 30, was diagnosed […]

Goodloe: Finding ways to offer and ask for help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After getting a mechanical heart valve replacement and a pacemaker, former social worker and teacher Kimberly Goodloe found herself in an unfamiliar position: asking for help.

Making peace with the surgeries she required and adjusting to her new “normal” presented significant challenges to the active, independent […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]