American Heart Association

‘Queen of Hearts’ aims to inspire


Christine Rekash thought she was prepared for open-heart surgery to repair a failing mitral valve, but several complications following her procedure made her realize that she had to take one step at a time.

Rekash first learned she had a congenital heart condition in 2000, when […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Med school student helps save a patient’s life — his

As a student at the University of Virginia medical school, Cullen Timmons was taking a two-week elective called Advanced Physical Diagnosis last fall when he pressed the circular tip of the stethoscope against his own chest.

He noticed a murmur, a swish after the second beat.

Not normal, he knew. So […]