American Heart Association

Strong to celebrate her ‘valversary’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A hiker and healthy eater, Susan Strong was surprised to hear she needed heart surgery last year at age 49.

But radiation therapy she had received more than three decades earlier to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma had taken its toll: Strong had developed severe aortic stenosis and […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Research fixed her heart, filled it with joy by enabling her to become a mom

Medical technology is always evolving, enabling today’s doctors to do things their predecessors only hoped would be possible.

Knowing that more breakthroughs are always in development helps, too.

Just ask Nina Linder, a mother to two children that doctors originally feared she’d never be able to have.
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Nina was born with aortic […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]