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STORIES FROM THE HEART: When assistant principal collapsed, CPR instructor stepped up


For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year.

The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency.

No, she would say, adding, “I hope I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes


It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gospel singer’s new tune praises importance of being heart healthy


Gospel singer LaJaye’ Britt always kept one foot in the music world and another in the medical field.

Whether performing on stage or working as a technician with dialysis and cardiac patients, Britt was totally in tune with others. Then, one day last May, it was time […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Clock operator provides fallen player CPR right on time


Like any Sunday during basketball season, Debi Mrozowski was sitting next to the court, running the scoreboard and game clock for the Parks and Recreation Department in Wallingford, Connecticut.

“We’ve already called 9-1-1!” she heard someone yell from another court. “He’s unresponsive!”

A 38-year-year old man had […]

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New app from Stanford provides heart-healthy tips from AHA


Cardiovascular research? There’s a new app for that.

Stanford University School of Medicine has launched MyHeart Counts, a free iPhone app that can provide users with heart-healthy tips from the American Heart Association while also gathering data that will help researchers study various aspects of cardiovascular […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Research fixed her heart, filled it with joy by enabling her to become a mom

Medical technology is always evolving, enabling today’s doctors to do things their predecessors only hoped would be possible.

Knowing that more breakthroughs are always in development helps, too.

Just ask Nina Linder, a mother to two children that doctors originally feared she’d never be able to have.
Nina was born with aortic […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Tech exec’s response to his debilitating stroke? He’ll soon be riding a bicycle across the country

Armed with a sharp mind and a keen gift for gab, Sean Maloney rose from a free-spirited youth in London to a leading man in Silicon Valley. At 54, he was widely considered the CEO-in-waiting of technology titan Intel.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that such a striver pushed his body, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her diagnosis was a cruel twist; her response is her ‘legacy’

Deena Edwards misses it every day, still craves how it made her feel.

The addiction took root during a trip to Cape Cod when she was 14. In high school, the grip tightened, then kept ratcheting up.

She was 29 when doctors said it might kill her. So she quit. Cold […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: New pacemakers recharged their lives – together

Doctors found Jeff Hammonds’ heart defect when he was just a few weeks old. It was a complex infirmity featuring four problems and a fancy name, tetralogy of Fallot. It would require a series of surgeries, the first at six weeks old and the last at age 12. The […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Miracle baby’ now helping save future generations of kids with heart problems

To the folks in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the little girl born on Aug. 2, 1957, seemed perfectly healthy.

Within months, her parents weren’t so sure.

Laurie Van Brunt wasn’t developing the way other babies did. She was more lethargic, moving less than the other tykes.

Relax, a family doctor said. Babies develop […]