Wednesday 01 Oct 2014

Information and opinions presented here do not always represent the views of the American Heart Association.

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Julie & Wade Pannell

STORIES FROM THE HEART: A heart attack at 37 sent marathon runner down a new path

Julie Pannell dropped off her kids at school before heading to the YMCA to swim with her friend Hannah as part of their training for a triathlon. After about 45 minutes in the lap pool, they went to the locker […]

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Michelle at National Lobby Day in 2013

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘He didn’t want to look at our daughter and tell her I’m not coming home’

Just home from grocery shopping, Michelle Johnston pulled her truck into the driveway. As her daughter, Sydney, went to help her take the bags inside, Michelle bent down

Brian and family

A father’s second chance, his company’s new passion

On perhaps the last night of his life, Brian Curin was told he needed to get some rest for the big day ahead. If he couldn’t drift off

1948 meeting wPDW

AHA marks 90 years of saving, improving lives

The American Heart Association’s founders faced shocking ignorance and hopelessness about heart disease. Tuesday the organization will mark how far it has come in fighting the No. 1 killer of

Lauren Kornacki

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Lifting a 3,500-pound car was only the start to saving her dad’s life; knowing CPR made a difference, too

One summer afternoon, 22-year-old Lauren Kornacki arrived home from her job as a lifeguard with hopes of borrowing the family car to go visit her best friend. The car

Robert Epps2

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Retired Coast Guard Senior Chief shares story to educate others – especially men

Robert Epps was working the soundboard at his local church one Sunday morning when he walked up the stairs to the office. This simple activity left the 31-year-old

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Potential Memorial Day tragedy avoided thanks to family, friends who knew CPR

Tim Weaver was cleaning a boat engine one minute and frantically gasping “Help” the next. His son-in-law David Andrew was ordering pizza one minute and dialing 9-1-1 the next. Family

Vandna - tennis

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do’ – like this survivor of a stroke when she was 15

Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif. When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to

Teri Ackerson - mug shot

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with

Jan Thomas boxing2

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke limits attorney, but she’s fighting back – and helping others do so, too

It was the time of year when many people indulge with abandon. Attorney Jan Thomas resisted, though. On this Dec. 28, she was remaining fit by spending her