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 […]

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, […]

The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The breakthrough made headlines in 2003: Scientists had mapped the DNA sequence that makes up the genetic code of humans. Since then, scientific discoveries and transformative technologies have ushered in a genomic era that continues to peel back layers of information about traits and diseases […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study uncovers more kidney failure decades after children’s heart transplants

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who had heart transplants as children have an increasing risk of kidney failure over time, researchers found when they connected databases that separately tracked the two conditions in thousands of people.

The study findings showed kidney failure was more extensive than previously thought, said Swati […]

Baseball great Rod Carew gets new heart, kidney

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LOS ANGELES – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney Friday, giving him another chance for a healthy, active life.

The 71-year-old Carew underwent the 13-hour operation at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, his wife Rhonda Carew told American Heart Association News. […]

Heart, kidney transplant under way for Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew

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LOS ANGELES – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is undergoing a heart and kidney transplant. The surgery began around midnight Pacific time on Friday and is expected to take up to 18 hours.

“Please keep Rod in your prayers,” his family said in a statement released […]