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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

Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

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Lee Matzeder’s heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn’t from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship.

The 55-year-old elementary school […]

March 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Amid bustling World Series celebration, a teacher is saved by a stranger in the crowd

Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

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As with most Saturdays, Michael King was on the basketball court refereeing another game in 2011 when he started feeling hot and tired. He stepped outside for some fresh air. A friend went to check on him but couldn’t find a pulse, even though King […]

March 16th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Congenital heart defect survivor overcomes anxiety as an adult

28-year-old clings to hope as he awaits a new heart

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Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he’s known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships.

Aguirre’s heart troubles started in December 2014 when, […]

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 28-year-old clings to hope as he awaits a new heart

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