American Heart Association

After battling heart disease, Wisconsin transplant recipient takes to the streets of America

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Quadruple bypass surgery at age 39 and a heart attack nine years later left Jerry McCann unsure what his future would hold.

Aided by an implanted defibrillator, Jerry forged ahead. Later, he battled high blood pressure, dizziness and fatigue. Doctors diagnosed congestive heart failure, yet another […]

On a night celebrating transplants, Hall of Famer Rod Carew savors being part of the crowd

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MINNEAPOLIS – They walked up to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew one at a time, each smiling wide and following the same script.

“Hi, I’m Joel: Number 670 … February 16, 2009.”

“Hi, I’m Ken: Number 692 … October 25, 2009.”

“Hi, I’m Mandy: Number 766 […]

Last year, heart patient Rod Carew struggled through Hall of Fame weekend. This year, the transplant recipient showed how far he’s come.

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COOPERSTOWN, New York – Rod Carew walked down a ramp outside the Baseball Hall of Fame, the final legend leaving the building following a parade and reception. With each step, he heard clapping and the sentiments often sent his way these days.

“Looking good, […]

Climbing to the mountaintop to tell her message

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Perkins received a new heart in 1995 and could have settled into a quiet life, relishing her renewed health and extra years without a lot of excitement.

But that was never the plan for her, or her husband Craig.

“We wanted to do something remarkable,” she […]

Heart recipient dedicates ‘second life’ to enrolling organ donors

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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 […]

Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’

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ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort.

Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for […]

Carews, Reulands holding news conference Tuesday

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ENCINO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew and the family of the former NFL player who donated his heart and kidney will discuss their ongoing efforts to promote heart health, brain health and organ donation during a Tuesday news conference.

Carew’s heart began giving […]

How Rod Carew learned his new heart and kidney came from an NFL player

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – The story of how Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew figured out that his new heart and kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland is best told through the two people most responsible for solving the mystery.

The […]

Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer and recent transplant recipient Rod Carew now knows whose heart and kidney are keeping him alive: Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who died following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

This is believed to be the […]

Fateful days changed the destiny of cardiology doctor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two life-changing events helped mold Dr. Arie Szatkowski, an ebullient, shaggy-haired New Yorker, into a cardiac crusader of the Mid-South.

When he was 23, his father, who was a doctor, died suddenly of a heart attack far too young.

“He was my role model, and I was […]