American Heart Association

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

Hollywood producer pens memoir about heart surgery, life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An avid golfer, Richard Crystal was enjoying a day on the course with friends when he realized something wasn’t right. He had a burning sensation in his chest. Then his heart began beating rapidly.

Fortunately, he didn’t delay in seeing his cardiologist. He learned that he […]

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hollywood producer pens memoir about heart surgery, life

New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sammy Rabin doesn’t like to brag but, until he learned he needed triple bypass surgery, he’d considered himself “the poster child for good health.”

He’d been exercising regularly for 30 years, ate a vegetarian diet and ran marathons.

“I did everything I could to stay healthy,” said […]

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

After battling heart disease, Wisconsin transplant recipient takes to the streets of America

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Quadruple bypass surgery at age 39 and a heart attack nine years later left Jerry McCann unsure what his future would hold.

Aided by an implanted defibrillator, Jerry forged ahead. Later, he battled high blood pressure, dizziness and fatigue. Doctors diagnosed congestive heart failure, yet another […]

Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Chris Figureida leaves Deadhorse, Alaska, on Wednesday on a 3,000-mile bicycle trip to San Diego, he’ll share the lonely road with moose, musk oxen and the occasional grizzly bear.

Yet some of his best adventures will take place indoors. Throughout his 78-day trip, Chris will […]

August 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Healthy Living, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Bicyclist schools kids in heart health

Stroke center nurse F.A.S.T. to recognize symptoms of husband’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

“I don’t want you to worry.”

Those were the words that made Danielle Robbins panic when she got an early-morning call from her sister Sara on May 12, 2012. Sara told Danielle that she thought their dad, Stephen Bishop, had suffered a stroke.

Stephen’s wife, Joan, is […]

Being fit helps man survive the deadliest of heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When John Harrity turned 40, he made a bucket list of 50 things he wanted to do by the time he turned 50.

“It was really hard coming up with that many, so one of them I just wrote was to get my body fat under […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Nutrition, Obesity, Prevention, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]