American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
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Burke started the day working out with the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She knew what to do when her husband, a TV meteorologist, struggled to say ‘nightstand’

Bonita Jefferies was relaxing in her bedroom, watching “The Bachelor” on TV, when her husband, Jay Jefferies, walked into the room. To her, his timing was unusual; “The Bachelor” wasn’t his type of show.

What really got her attention was when Jay – a TV meteorologist in Augusta, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body.

Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand.

“It was like it was there, but it wasn’t mine,” she recalled. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Thanks to CPR, fireman-husband saves life of his cardiac-nurse-wife

Tawnya Reynolds was training for her first marathon, so she wanted to go for a run.

Her husband, Billy, convinced her to stay home and do CrossFit with him.

It likely saved her life.
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As they worked out in the yard of their home, with their daughters Carlie and Paige riding their […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw.

Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot up her chest and into her neck.

Cheryl stayed in the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘You don’t have to be overweight and out of shape to have a heart problem’

Susan O’Brien was living happily with her new husband Mark and their two puppies in their dream home, enjoying good times as summer approached.

“Life was wonderful,” recalled Susan, a petite woman in her 50s who exercised regularly and was in seemingly good health. “I felt great.”

Then something startling happened […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Michigan mom ignored the risks and suffered the consequences; now, after losing 130-plus pound, she’s back in control

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Sheri Lindsay was standing at the kitchen table, organizing pictures for her son’s hockey banquet, when her body delivered the ultimate wake-up call.

“I felt something pop in my left eye, and I immediately said to my husband, ‘I need to go to the hospital,’” she said.

Sheri […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: In Chase’s memory, family teaching others to know risks of sudden cardiac arrest

Around midnight at the end of a busy day, 16-year-old Chase Morris felt a bit dizzy.

So even though friends were still hanging out and playing ping pong outside, Chase headed inside to sleep.

A few minutes later, a friend found Chase on the ground and unresponsive.
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While his mother called an […]