American Heart Association

She’s half the woman she used to be, going from 380 pounds to certified personal trainer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOIATION NEWS

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Annabelle Jimenez’s knees ached constantly. Her back, too.

She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds.

“I couldn’t walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain,” she said.

Jimenez grappled […]

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Healthy Living, multicultural, Obesity, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on She’s half the woman she used to be, going from 380 pounds to certified personal trainer

The tattoo on her left forearm offers a unique way for this stroke survivor to open a dialogue with others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo on her left forearm.

The dark, jagged lines represent the arteries in […]

July 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The tattoo on her left forearm offers a unique way for this stroke survivor to open a dialogue with others

Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning.

Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon.

Worse yet, it wasn’t even […]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Failure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

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Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen.

She was watching the movie “Unbroken” when that feeling […]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

Luckily, her daughter was home – and remembered what her science teacher said a few days before

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn’t going like it should.

She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed globs of toothpaste out of the tube, seemingly everywhere but onto the bristles of her brush.

“I started to […]

June 20th, 2018|Categories: Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Luckily, her daughter was home – and remembered what her science teacher said a few days before

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 […]

June 13th, 2018|Categories: Cholesterol, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Family perseveres, hosts gala despite losing father who was supposed to chair that black-tie ball

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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