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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 […]

December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 […]

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.
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Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when […]