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Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kendra Plumley didn’t spend her childhood running around with other kids on her street, having friends over for sleepovers, or spending lazy summer days by the pool. Instead, she spent most of her time indoors. It wasn’t a choice. She had to protect her new […]

May 15th, 2018|Categories: Children, Healthy Living, Heart Failure, Patients, Women|Tags: , |Comments Off on Heart transplant survivor shakes off sheltered childhood to enjoy life

No excuses for three survivors walking to stay fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during the American Heart Association’s Move More Month in April.

For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had […]

‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has been coming to spring training since the mid-1960s. But when he walked into the clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training facility, it was the first time with a new heart.

If you have questions or comments about this story, […]

March 29th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Heart of 29, multicultural, Patients, Rod Carew|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ‘This is vacation’: Rod Carew’s return to spring training with the Minnesota Twins

Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

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In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Jennifer Cowger envisions a cardiac transplant landscape where more donations are encouraged and utilized, genetically engineered organs can be created in a laboratory, and improved mechanical devices eliminate the need for an actual human heart.

But in the meantime, there’s a […]

March 27th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Solving the dilemma of not enough hearts

28-year-old clings to hope as he awaits a new heart

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Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he’s known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships.

Aguirre’s heart troubles started in December 2014 when, […]

March 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on 28-year-old clings to hope as he awaits a new heart

Return to spring training with new heart completes Rod Carew’s baseball bucket list

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

FORT MYERS, Florida – Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew walked into the home clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training facility, looked around the empty room and soaked in the moment.

“I made it,” he thought. “I’m here.”

The reaction might seem over the top for […]

February 20th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart of 29, Rod Carew|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Return to spring training with new heart completes Rod Carew’s baseball bucket list

After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

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Davy Hobson was notorious for last-minute Valentine’s gifts. But on Feb. 14, 2013, he was ahead of the game.

“I’d bought my wife’s gift a day early for the first time since we were married,” he said.

When the home health nurse from Tyler, Texas, left for […]

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

The gift that keeps on giving

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For Greg Flatt, the best holiday gift is to still be alive two years after developing a rare heart condition and getting a new heart.

“I’m only alive today because of the shape I was in then,” said Greg, 47, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

In early […]

Baseball great Rod Carew thankful for advancements in care, treatment of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – A secret to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s success as a hitter was how hard he studied. He kept a notebook detailing every pitch he saw from every pitcher and looked it over before every at-bat.

So Carew appreciates people who […]

November 12th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Failure, Heart of 29, multicultural, Rod Carew, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Baseball great Rod Carew thankful for advancements in care, treatment of heart disease

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

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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 […]