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Cardiac arrest stopped this half marathon runner mid-stride

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Melissa Ziebell was approaching the final mile of the 2015 Paris Half Marathon, her third ever, on track to break her personal best time of 1:45.

Then her legs seemed to seize up and stop working.

“I realized I was going to fall, and that’s […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Cardiac arrest stopped this half marathon runner mid-stride

After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

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Davy Hobson was notorious for last-minute Valentine’s gifts. But on Feb. 14, 2013, he was ahead of the game.

“I’d bought my wife’s gift a day early for the first time since we were married,” he said.

When the home health nurse from Tyler, Texas, left for […]

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

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Victoria Lewellen was about 10 years old when her pediatrician detected a heart murmur during a routine exam.

Follow-up medical tests revealed she had a bicuspid aortic valve — a condition that had gone undiagnosed since her birth. It is the most common congenital heart condition and it may […]

February 9th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on After surviving risky surgery, heart health became her mission

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

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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 […]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Son’s quick action helps save Kansas City dad — for a second time

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

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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: Health, 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

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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: Health, 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

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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

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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: Health, 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

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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: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Program helped Arkansas teen recognize her heart problem, overhaul family’s lifestyle

Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke

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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: Health, Healthy Living, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Longtime North Carolina caregiver becomes patient after stroke