American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Thanks to CPR, fireman-husband saves life of his cardiac-nurse-wife

Tawnya Reynolds was training for her first marathon, so she wanted to go for a run.

Her husband, Billy, convinced her to stay home and do CrossFit with him.

It likely saved her life.
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As they worked out in the yard of their home, with their daughters Carlie and Paige riding their […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw.

Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck.

Cheryl stayed in the […]

Kids also benefit from following ‘Life’s Simple 7’

Scientific research has shown that following “Life’s Simple 7” can dramatically improve health.

Those same seven health factors and behaviors are especially important to young people, helping them develop healthy habits that will carry throughout their lives.

“Most kids are born with ideal cardiovascular health and it’s an amazing asset if […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Michigan mom ignored the risks and suffered the consequences; now, after losing 130-plus pound, she’s back in control

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Sheri Lindsay was standing at the kitchen table, organizing pictures for her son’s hockey banquet, when her body delivered the ultimate wake-up call.

“I felt something pop in my left eye, and I immediately said to my husband, ‘I need to go to the hospital,’” she said.

Sheri […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heartburn? Hardly. Under an hour later, his life-threatening problem was resolved

John Perotti was mowing the lawn outside his Utah home office when he felt what he thought was “heartburn from hell.” He headed indoors for some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping that would soothe him.

“The minute I got the spoon to my lips, I spit it out,” he said. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Longtime Boy Scout leader no longer taking chances with his health

Jose Lepervanche knew he was at risk of a cardiac event. He even tried to prevent it.

He just wasn’t able to keep trying.

Not even after the first time his heart faltered.
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Jose’s heart journey began in the early 1990s, while living in his native Venezuela. After experiencing some chest pain, […]

More than 25 million Americans lack access to a grocery store

A desert is not what you’d expect to find when you move an hour north of New York City. But that’s exactly what Lisa Berrios and Albert Rodriguez discovered years after moving to the mountain-bound village of Highland Falls.

When the one dilapidated grocery finally folded, leaving behind a leaky […]

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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STORIES FROM THE HEART: 17 days before co-chairing Heart Walk, he underwent open-heart surgery

As a father, husband, businessman and co-chair of the 2012 Heart Walk in Lincoln, Neb., Craig Gies kept plenty busy.

He was so busy that about two weeks before the event, he’d yet to write a letter seeking donations from family and friends.

The fact he wrote it from his hospital […]

Heart-Check mark foods must meet new nutrition requirements

This week was the deadline for food companies to meet more stringent criteria limiting added sugar, sodium, total calories and raising minimum dietary fiber requirements for foods bearing the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. AHA formulates and periodically revises its own Heart-Check criteria for different food categories based on sound […]

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