American Heart Association

Promising athlete to heart patient … back to promising athlete

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

DENTON, Texas – With a highlight-reel sliding catch, centerfielder Camden Thrailkill sealed Denton Guyer’s victory 8-7 over Lewisville.

In the stands, his parents could only marvel.

“You’d never have expected this,” said Rik, his dad. “Just to see him out there competing, and the joy on his […]

May 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Heart Disease, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Promising athlete to heart patient … back to promising athlete

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 […]

Under-recognized heart valve disease kills estimated 25,000 each year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

On the nation’s first Heart Valve Day this Feb. 22, Dennis Dobkowski, who needed surgery to fix damage to his valves, will share his experience with Congressional representatives in hopes of getting attention for this under-recognized problem.

Awareness is low for heart valve disease, which is a condition […]

7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Watching 7-year-old Ian Cox run and play with his little brother, it’s hard to imagine he was so fragile at birth.

Like other boys his age, he loves building things with Legos and Playstix, and dressing up as superheroes, particularly the Samurai Power Ranger.

“He wanted to […]

December 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 7-year-old hasn’t let health problems slow him down

Pulse oximetry screening successes set stage for more work to save babies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart problems are the most common type of birth defect, and until very recently many life-threatening defects went undetected until babies were already home from the hospital.

Frantic parents sometimes noticed symptoms only after it was too late to save a baby’s life — or when […]

Folic acid fortified food linked to decrease in congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Food fortified with folic acid was associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects, in a new study.

After analyzing data from nearly 6 million Canadian births in 1990-2011, researchers found that folic acid food fortification was associated with an 11 percent reduction in rates of […]

Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States — creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data for all ages, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

In the first contemporary assessment of […]

Colten Romines’ heart is special in two ways — through a congenital defect and his philanthropy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Colten Romines has a special heart, and it’s not just because he was born with a complex congenital heart defect. The 11-year-old is passionate about raising money and awareness about heart disease, and he helped his school land at the top of fundraising among middle […]

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, Heart Disease, Physical Activity|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Colten Romines’ heart is special in two ways — through a congenital defect and his philanthropy

A star is born in 8-year-old survivor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Twelve hours after Anabelle Provisor was born, a nurse’s assistant noticed she was having trouble nursing.

“She would latch on, but was soon sleepy and lethargic,” recalled Arlene Provisor, Anabelle’s mom.

A pulse oximetry reading – a diagnostic test mandated by most states for all newborns – […]

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Children, Heart Disease, Stories from the Heart, Youth Markets|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A star is born in 8-year-old survivor

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]