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Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day.

You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today.

Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight since he […]

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Nutrition, Obesity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

After freak accident landed teen near death, entire family became CPR instructors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coleen Nilsen’s story is about as freaky as a story can get. An accident at work, in which a box with a bicycle inside fell on her abdomen, landed Coleen near death from cardiac arrest.

Coleen, now 38, was 19 when she was working at a […]

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

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Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back.

Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white wine […]

May 31st, 2017|Categories: Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

Quick CPR saves runner, who finds his ‘angels’ using social media

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The crowd cheered as Bill Amirault neared the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon in Florida. Suddenly, he felt faint and had tunnel vision, so he slowed to walk. Then he collapsed.

Fellow runners and bystanders rushed to him. Luckily, the first three people […]

Mom saves son with CPR after heart-stopping hit to chest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It all started out so normally.

Jose Agredano, 16, had a soccer match on Feb. 16. In California, the San Benito High School team was playing Watsonville High, at Watsonville’s field. Jose’s parents, Jose Sr. and Gina, a family care doctor, were on the sidelines.

A hard […]

May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, multicultural, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mom saves son with CPR after heart-stopping hit to chest

Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For weeks, Roxanne Watson thought she’d pulled a muscle in her back.

“I worked in a retail store and was helping unload merchandise from a truck when I felt this pain,” recalls Watson, 62, who lives in Nanuet, New York.

After taking a couple of aspirin she […]

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, multicultural, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

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Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

Seizures in a grocery store parking lot reveal man’s irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the Reese family, it had started out as a typical Saturday on March 21, 2015. Curtis Reese managed sons Garner, then 6, and Evan, then 4, while his wife Melanie attended a family baby shower.

He shuttled the kids around, picking up the equipment for […]