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When Santa’s heart stopped — again — people responded … again

Dan Wessel was still wearing his Santa Claus outfit when the school nurse began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

A student already had called 9-1-1. Another student grabbed the automated external defibrillator and brought it to the nurse.

Their textbook response saved Dan’s life. Again. Just six months earlier, Dan had his […]

Finalists named for top college football coach award given by AHA

College football coaches Nick Saban of Alabama and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State are among five finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award presented by the American Heart Association.

Bryant was among the legends of his profession when he died following a massive heart attack in 1983. This Coach of […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mother of 8 who collapsed in church warns others: ‘Heart disease doesn’t look like anything’

Cynthia Essex knew something wasn’t right that Sunday morning before church.

Getting out of bed was a struggle. Exhaustion persisted as she showered and got dressed. To top it off, Cynthia, who loves her assortment of shoes, didn’t care which pair she put on.

Cynthia pressed on, figuring she was just […]

Fitness instructor/stroke survivor has much to be thankful for this holiday season

Her left side became weak. She felt a headache almost like a migraine. She slurred her words.

These are some of the classic symptoms of a stroke. Only, Jessica Diaz was anything but a classic stroke patient.

She was 36. She not only took fitness classes regularly, she taught them.

Jessica was […]

December 9th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 4 heart attacks, 5-way bypass, 35 stents – and that’s only part of this survivor’s story

Justin Faloon has had four heart attacks.

He’s endured a quintuple bypass.

He’s received an extraordinarily high number of stents – 35.

Yet perhaps the best part of his story doesn’t involve the care he’s received. It’s about the lives he’s saved.
Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when […]

Prominent Massachusetts volunteer Driscoll dies at 67

Ray Driscoll – an Army veteran who refused to let his life be derailed by a stroke at 46, instead becoming an inspiration to fellow survivors and a proud spokesman for the American Stroke Association – died on Friday. He was 67.

Driscoll’s impact on the stroke community begins with […]

December 1st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

Former VP Cheney to discuss his journey as a heart patient at Scientific Sessions

Just about the time his heartbeat became irregular, pacemakers were becoming a reliable treatment.

Just about the time his cholesterol was getting out of whack, cholesterol-reducing statin drugs were becoming a reliable treatment.

Just about the time he needed a way to keep his heart working while awaiting a transplant, the […]

November 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |1 Comment