American Heart Association

Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’


ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort.

Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for […]

NFL players pay tribute to loved ones, AHA through the shoes they choose


Editor’s Note: The 7th paragraph was recast on Dec. 7, 2016, to correct the NFL players who wore AHA-related cleats.

When Daren Bates of the Oakland Raiders had the chance to design special shoes for the National Football League’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign this week, […]

AHA, NFL launch program to encourage safe sports


Keeping kids who play sports safe and keeping all kids physically active are the goals of a new program launched by the NFL and American Heart Association.

Back to Sports provides certified athletic trainers with grants that will fund up to 100 community events nationwide for […]

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Children, Physical Activity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell changed his weight and his life

In the years after he retired from professional football, quarterback Scott Mitchell saw the number on his scale rise about 10 pounds per year. His blood pressure numbers rose along with his weight, as did his triglycerides and the number of times he would stop breathing during the night […]

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Football legend Kurt Warner manages his cholesterol risk like a pro

Kurt Warner was in the middle of his professional football career when a routine annual physical revealed some unsettling results.

The Super Bowl winner and two-time NFL MVP had high cholesterol.

“It was a shock,” Kurt Warner said, adding that he believed cholesterol was based only on diet and exercise.

Warner, along […]

Peyton Manning helps fight heart disease in women

Peyton Manning, storied NFL quarterback, spoke out against heart disease this week at an American Heart Association luncheon in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The luncheon is part of an annual event supporting the AHA’s Go Red For Women program, which helps spread the word about the threat heart disease poses to the health and lives of women […]

Cardiovascular issues sideline two NFL coaches

The health problems of two NFL coaches highlight the importance of taking care of yourself, especially in high-stress jobs.

Denver Broncos coach John Fox had heart surgery Saturday and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed Sunday night after having a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke or a TIA.

The job of […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: NFL PLAY 60 ‘Super Kid’ inspires others fighting heart defects

Before the most recent Super Bowl, 10-year-old Hunter Paulin kicked off the biggest event on America’s sports calendar by running to midfield at the Superdome and handing the official game ball to the referee.

The scene brought tears to the eyes of Hunter’s mother, Wendy, who’d often wondered if Hunter’s […]