American Heart Association

Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite.

“The way we look affects […]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

Exercise routine unexpectedly reveals heart disease for man in his 30s

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids.

Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently.

The tightening spread quickly.

“It felt like someone was […]

February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Nutrition, Patients|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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’

New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sammy Rabin doesn’t like to brag but, until he learned he needed triple bypass surgery, he’d considered himself “the poster child for good health.”

He’d been exercising regularly for 30 years, ate a vegetarian diet and ran marathons.

“I did everything I could to stay healthy,” said […]

August 30th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Jersey man pays attention to family history, and lives to tell about it

A California girl with dreams of the Big Apple

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Paige Garnica recently finished her freshman year of college in New York City. It’s an experience the California teen never thought she’d have.

She grew up with three aneurysms, including a giant one in her left coronary artery — the consequence of Kawasaki disease, a diagnosis […]

Vietnam vet’s life after his own death on the battlefield

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sonny Herr, a 20-year-old from Arcadia, California, was killed in action in South Vietnam on Sept. 16, 1968. He was hit by enemy rocket fire. Shrapnel tore through his body in 16 places.

Herr crawled to the nearest bunker, dragging a fallen comrade with him. Once […]

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |1 Comment

AHA supporters donate millions for research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Longtime American Heart Association supporters David and Stevie Spina are donating $2.5 million to support research that would personalize ways to treat and prevent heart disease and stroke, the world’s top two killers.

The donation, announced in early March, supports the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study, which uses […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gulf War veteran recovers from heart attack to run marathon; he dedicates race to his cardiologist

It was the Monday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, and Greg Weglowski was on his bicycle.

Greg – a Gulf War veteran who at the time was a special agent for the federal government – knew something was wrong. When he pushed the pedals, “it just felt impossible,” he […]

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