American Heart Association

Young survivor conquers fears, goes from shut-in to national spokesperson

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Amanda Gonzalez was a senior in high school when she found out she had heart disease. She chokes up recalling the surgeries she needed and the things she missed out on in college. Looking back, Gonzalez said she is lucky to be alive.

The […]

Party plans interrupted by cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Judy Strnad was preparing to host friends at a Super Bowl party when she “decided to die on the couch.” That’s according to her wife, Pat Mikos, who was in the kitchen when she heard a sound from the other room.

“I called to Judy and […]

Remote monitoring of heart devices saves money, but not lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For heart failure patients, they symbolized a way their medical providers could monitor their cardiovascular health, unobtrusively and from afar. But new research shows that remote monitoring of implantable electronic devices may not add any benefit or value for patients who have them.

Regular remote monitoring […]

8-year-old revived after heart stops on playground

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sofia Montoya had been practicing her favorite song for her elementary school’s talent show April 22. She sang Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” over and over again with her mother, Shawna.

But Sofia didn’t make it to the show.

The bubbly, bright third-grader at Farallone View Elementary in […]

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 […]

Super athlete sidelined by dangerous heart problem

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Workout queen Kristy Sidlar was doing what made her happy on her 31st birthday. She was training for a triathlon, biking up a hillside in northern California on her way to the gym to swim some laps.

“I was super athletic, kind of to the point […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After 11 heart attacks – yes, 11 – former skater savors life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Toshawa Andrews fell in love with competitive ice skating as a child. In her mid-20s, her devotion kicked up a notch. She began competing, putting in several hours of training at least four days a week.

One day, she felt a burning sensation in her chest. […]

Activity after ICD implantation may predict survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Patients who had higher activity levels following ICD implantation had better survival, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The research will be simultaneously presented at the Heart Rhythm Society 2015 Scientific Sessions.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her diagnosis was a cruel twist; her response is her ‘legacy’

Deena Edwards misses it every day, still craves how it made her feel.

The addiction took root during a trip to Cape Cod when she was 14. In high school, the grip tightened, then kept ratcheting up.

She was 29 when doctors said it might kill her. So she quit. Cold […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

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