American Heart Association

Son’s quick action helps save Kansas City dad — for a second time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sean Summers was sitting on the couch with his dad, Terry Summers, last August as Terry nursed a bad headache. The two had just returned from an arduous drive back to Kansas City, Missouri, from California and were watching TV. Terry tried to ask Sean […]

Retired news anchor undergoes seven-bypass heart surgery, considers himself ‘lucky’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Larry Hatteberg, a retired television anchor who now makes videos for businesses, was testing a camera when he suddenly became lightheaded.

“I never get lightheaded,” he said. “This sort of came as a bolt out of the blue.”

Because it was so unusual, Larry checked in with […]

January 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Retired news anchor undergoes seven-bypass heart surgery, considers himself ‘lucky’

Comedian makes heart attack a laughing matter

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Few jokes are off limits to comedian Bob Green — even ones about fatal heart disease.

“If you die of a heart attack, people say you died of ‘natural causes,’ like your soul rises up and goes to Whole Foods,” he said. “It’s like you died […]

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Comedian makes heart attack a laughing matter

The gift that keeps on giving

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For Greg Flatt, the best holiday gift is to still be alive two years after developing a rare heart condition and getting a new heart.

“I’m only alive today because of the shape I was in then,” said Greg, 47, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

In early […]

Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meredith Gorham was finally relaxing after a busy, hot day of running around on July 17, 2009. But when she tried to stand up from the couch, she suddenly collapsed.

Her shocked husband, Chris, tried to help her up. But after realizing she was unable to […]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lauren Bradley figured the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart program would look good on her college applications.

But participating in the program that teaches 10th-grade girls about heart health and provides volunteer opportunities at local hospitals did more than help her earn a scholarship — it made […]

December 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cyteria Knight spent more than a quarter-century caring for others as a social worker. Then a stroke forced her to become the patient.

Knight was visiting her daughter Raquanza Miller in Pineville, North Carolina, on Jan. 17 when she suddenly passed out. Susan Miller, Knight’s partner […]

November 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, caregiver, Healthy Living, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

Two-time open-heart surgery survivor to compete in Ironman competition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jeremy Woodward will participate in the Arizona Ironman competition on Nov. 19 – a decade after doctors told him he would never compete at that level again.

“This is going to be a really special day,” said Woodward, who lives in Concord, New Hampshire. “Celebrating that […]

November 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Two-time open-heart surgery survivor to compete in Ironman competition

North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jasmine Harris had a stroke six months before her high school graduation.

It started with a headache a couple days before Christmas. The family from Raleigh, North Carolina, had spent the day volunteering so her mother, La’Wana Harris, assumed her 17-year-old daughter was just tired.

But the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, caregiver, Children, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

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