American Heart Association

Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ten months after she was born, Lauren Evanovich had open-heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart and aortic valve.

As she got older, Evanovich avoided strenuous activity and saw a cardiologist twice a year. Otherwise she didn’t think much about what her congenital heart […]

February 7th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Learning to navigate congenital heart disease as an adult

Hollywood producer pens memoir about heart surgery, life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An avid golfer, Richard Crystal was enjoying a day on the course with friends when he realized something wasn’t right. He had a burning sensation in his chest. Then his heart began beating rapidly.

Fortunately, he didn’t delay in seeing his cardiologist. He learned that he […]

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hollywood producer pens memoir about heart surgery, life

Aged wisdom of former Marine comforts other heart patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bernie Oakes got his first signal that something was wrong with his heart in his early 20s, while undergoing a physical for the Marine Corps. His blood pressure was high, but came down when the test was repeated after he lay down to relax.

“They figured […]

Poet uses her art to connect with other survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors.

Hyde, now 30, was diagnosed […]

Goodloe: Finding ways to offer and ask for help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After getting a mechanical heart valve replacement and a pacemaker, former social worker and teacher Kimberly Goodloe found herself in an unfamiliar position: asking for help.

Making peace with the surgeries she required and adjusting to her new “normal” presented significant challenges to the active, independent […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others