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Survivor copes with aftermath of massive heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gabby McManus awoke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders.

It was much worse than symptoms she’d experienced the previous few weeks – occasional shortness of breath and mild heartburn, for which she […]

Powerful cholesterol drug awaits FDA’s decision

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A second in a new class of drugs that sharply lowers cholesterol is set for federal approval by Thursday – a “game-changer” for the hardest-to-treat patients who are in danger of heart attacks and strokes.

For people with familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, a genetic condition that […]

August 26th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Family’s loss spurs drive to expand CPR training, AED access

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In January 2013, Cory Wilson, a junior at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, was sitting in a morning lecture when he suddenly slumped in his chair and then fell to the floor.

His classmates thought he was joking, pretending to be asleep. But when the 21-year-old […]

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Young cyclist suffers stroke during ride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michelle McVeigh was the picture of athleticism and loved the great outdoors. An avid bicyclist, she was accustomed to long rides and racing on a biking team. Years earlier, she competed for the United States in world junior rowing.

Nothing seemed to slow her down.

“I’ve always […]

August 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |0 Comments

AHA, Aramark join on meals initiative

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service provider, has joined with the American Heart Association on a five-year initiative to make the meals it serves healthier. Changes will impact more than 2 billion meals served each year at schools, businesses, sports venues and elsewhere.

The initiative, called […]

Former FBI agent plays detective on own medical case

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tired, nauseous and short of breath, Pat Kirby knew something wasn’t right, but she blamed it on stress. She was doing multiple news interviews, providing law enforcement expertise on a sniper case in Washington, D.C.

A college professor at the time, Kirby was a former Baltimore […]

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |2 Comments

New York City salt proposal moves forward

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The public has had its say, and now New York City health officials have the next month to determine whether Olive Garden, Applebee’s and other chain restaurants in the city must place warning labels on high-sodium menu items.

The proposed rule, introduced by the city’s Board of […]

July 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kawasaki disease survivor meets Dr. Kawasaki

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michael LaBelle recently met the man who discovered the disease he was diagnosed with as a toddler.

Japanese pediatrician Tomisaku Kawasaki, now 90, first described the mysterious disease in 1967, calling it GOK, for “God only knows.” It is known today as Kawasaki disease.

“Not many people […]

5-year-old’s legacy: CPR in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Madison McCarthy died from sudden cardiac arrest at age 5. She would have turned 19 on July 21.

Every year on Madison’s birthday, her parents and two brothers, 17-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Ryan, do something to remember her: a picnic at her grave or watching the […]

Mom becomes heart, CPR advocate after losing son

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on Sept. 10, 2013.

The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State College had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 911 while the other stayed with Taylor.

“He’d never been trained in CPR, so […]