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 […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson.

To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds.

“It’s about trying to do […]

Awardee Haddock committed to global outreach

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Traveling the world for business, Ron Haddock has witnessed the global need for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. He’s also experienced it in his personal life.

“I’ve had my chest cracked twice with two open-heart surgeries,” Haddock said. In the mid-1990s, though seemingly healthy, he was […]

Quick CPR saves runner, who finds his ‘angels’ using social media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The crowd cheered as Bill Amirault neared the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon in Florida. Suddenly, he felt faint and had tunnel vision, so he slowed to walk. Then he collapsed.

Fellow runners and bystanders rushed to him. Luckily, the first three people […]

90-year-old volunteer raises more than $5 million for AHA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bob Clark usually works out at the gym, but on Saturday he got his steps in at the American Heart Association’s Central Iowa Heart Walk. The event — and the fundraising that goes along with it — are nothing new for the West Des Moines […]

Many to walk in honor of Florida furniture entrepreneur’s memory

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kevin Koenig had a heart of gold, but it suffered from disease.

At age 41, the South Florida furniture king suffered his first heart attack. He scoffed when doctors told him he needed bypass surgery and did his own research while recovering at home. It was […]

Chickasaw Nation governor working to improve tribe’s health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When kids visit the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, they’re greeted with two questions: Are you hungry? Have you eaten today? If needed, a healthy meal is served on the spot.

It’s a visible and compelling display of the Chickasaw Nation’s efforts to improve the health of […]

Carew helps make Twin Cities Heart Walk picture perfect

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Video Courtesy of the Minnesota Twins
MINNEAPOLIS – For the last six years, Beth True of Woodbury, Minnesota, walked in the American Heart Association’s Twin Cities Heart Walk. When it was time to sign up this year, she gave it more thought.

She knew that Rod Carew […]

Heart of 29 shines on the diamond

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

MINNEAPOLIS — Less than six months after a frail Rod Carew lay in his hospital bed and told his wife he wanted to help fight heart disease, the baseball Hall of Famer has gotten his biggest hit yet in delivering his message.

Carew’s campaign to boost […]

Making a difference, in memory of a son

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Twins Jacob and Julianna Wells were born five weeks early on June 3, 2004. Jacob weighed just under 6 pounds and Julianna weighed only 4 pounds, 8 ounces.

Doctors whisked both newborns off to the neonatal intensive care unit. Julianna needed help maintaining her body temperature, […]