American Heart Association

Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

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Oscar Washington Jr. thought he was taking care of his heart. He went to the doctor every three months to stay on top of his high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. He exercised regularly but was still shaken by the passing of his dad to […]

He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The night before leaving on a cruise, Alisa Mari was trying to free up room on her DVR to record programs she would miss while on vacation. One of the space-eaters was a talk show demonstrating how to perform CPR that she’d been saving for […]

June 6th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Cholesterol, CPR, Health, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

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As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of being electrocuted.

So when emergency responders kept administering shocks to his […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

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Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, “Does my right eye look weird?”

Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that […]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

Quick recognition, treatment help Maine stroke survivor recover in hours

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee.

The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn’t. She forgot how.

“I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button,” she said, “but there was a disconnect between […]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Quick recognition, treatment help Maine stroke survivor recover in hours

Mother of the bride survives heart attack on Mother’s Day

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Belinda Waggoner is the type of person who gives her all to everything she does.

She devoted so much to the human resources company she founded that she wound up with high blood pressure. So her focus became getting healthy. She started by walking, then upped […]

May 9th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mother of the bride survives heart attack on Mother’s Day

After wife’s stroke at 28, couple advocates for stroke awareness among young

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When Kevin Duane saw his wife Alyssa sprawled on the floor of their kitchen, surrounded by an EMT crew, he feared she had been attacked in a home invasion.

The large goose egg on her forehead prompted police to suspect she was a victim of domestic […]

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on After wife’s stroke at 28, couple advocates for stroke awareness among young

Exercise routine unexpectedly reveals heart disease for man in his 30s

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Ricky Reyes had just begun a high-intensity exercise program to get in better shape. But instead of feeling energized, the workouts left him exhausted and with spasms in his back, arms and jaw.

His fitness trainer had previously told him his body was still adapting to […]

April 25th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Exercise routine unexpectedly reveals heart disease for man in his 30s

Heart attack at fire station leaves crew working to save one of their own

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Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as “gas.”

“We’d been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I’d spent the day climbing up and down ladders,” Spagnoletti recalled of the night in 2012. “I […]

April 17th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Heart attack at fire station leaves crew working to save one of their own

Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards

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For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories.

It’s the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator.

Back in June 2015, then-40-year-old Bourne was playing […]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards