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High school teacher preps for third heart valve surgery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High school teacher Debra North constantly felt worn out in the days leading up to spring break.

Then one day during lunch, she felt numbness in her right arm and pressure on her chest. She was planning to finish the day, but school officials called an […]

November 10th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Women|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on High school teacher preps for third heart valve surgery

Two-time open-heart surgery survivor to compete in Ironman competition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jeremy Woodward will participate in the Arizona Ironman competition on Nov. 19 – a decade after doctors told him he would never compete at that level again.

“This is going to be a really special day,” said Woodward, who lives in Concord, New Hampshire. “Celebrating that […]

November 8th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Two-time open-heart surgery survivor to compete in Ironman competition

Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors may now be able to test people early and prevent them from developing heart failure, according to an updated guideline published Friday by three leading U.S. heart organizations.

“For the first time, we really believe the data are in hand to inform how we might […]

Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new, less invasive approach for replacing malfunctioning heart valves is now recommended for certain patients, and younger patients can now receive natural tissue valves instead of mechanical ones, according to new treatment guidelines.

The recommendations released Wednesday by the American Heart Association and American College […]

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 […]