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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Camper. Hiker. Triathlete. And at 23, a stroke survivor

Nicky Leto was about as active as a 23-year-old woman could be. She liked to hike, camp, swim and compete in triathlons.

One morning, Nicky awoke with a headache and numb arm. She didn’t worry much – at least, not at first. She had occasional headaches because of a past […]

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 […]

TCU’s Patterson wins AHA’s Bear Bryant Award as top college football coach

Gary Patterson knew his TCU football team needed to do things differently. After winning only four of 12 games in 2013, he made several major changes for 2014 — and nearly every move he made proved to be the right one.

His club — the Horned Frogs of the Big 12 conference — won […]

AHA to name top college football coach at fundraising ceremony tonight

With the national championship of college football decided Monday night, only one big honor is left to wrap up the 2014 season: the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award presented by the American Heart Association.

Gary Patterson of TCU already has picked up several other prestigious coach of the year awards, making him the favorite going […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Initially reluctant to discuss her heart repairs, she’s since taken her story to Capitol Hill

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began.

“I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest,” she said. “It was the worst feeling.”

The mother of two headed down the hall to the school nurse, who told her she needed […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Firefighter turns tragedy into community event

Responding to fires is a dangerous, physically grueling job.

Temperatures can soar to 1,000 degrees and the fire can ravage a building, creating unexpected obstacles that must be overcome in seconds. As if maneuvering through an unknown smoke-filled location with limited visibility and oxygen isn’t taxing enough, it must be […]

Volunteer who testified before Senate committee this summer dies at age 44

Stephanie Dempsey, an American Heart Association volunteer from Blairsville, Georgia, who testified before the Senate Finance Committee in July about the devastating toll of heart disease on her and her family, has died. She was 44.

Dempsey was diagnosed with hereditary coronary artery disease at age 21. She had quadruple bypass surgery at 30, and […]

Her name is Faith, and research helped fix her heart and her mom’s

Her name is Faith, and she’s alive today thanks to all sorts of groundbreaking research.

The innovations that enabled doctors to detect and treat the heart problems she was born with are one thing.  Then there are the additional breakthroughs that helped her mom, Keyota Cole, overcome her series of […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

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 […]