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‘Perky Penny’ encourages, inspires fellow stroke survivors

Penny Santoro loves using her story to encourage people to understand the warning signs of a stroke. She’s even used storytelling as part of her recovery. Last winter, she wrote “The Reinvention of Perky Penny” a first-person story for the …

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Nancy Capelle

She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT

As an emergency medical technician and CPR trainer, Nancy Capelle helps save lives. Not long ago, she was the one in need of emergency care. A week after turning 40,

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Saved by bystanders, woman works to get more trained in CPR

April 24, 2010, was a typically busy Saturday for Jill Hisey, then a 44-year-old mother of three active kids in Arcadia, Calif. She dropped off her 13-year-old daughter, Allie,

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Saving lives became easier thanks to this ‘CPR Giant’

Almost everyone has heard of CPR, the procedure that improves survival rates among those who go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. But what most people don’t know

Eugene Brown

Artist inspired by his own stroke recovery

Eugene Brown considers the artwork he’s created the last 13 years to be more intense and more creative than ever before. What led to such a change? A stroke

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Taking her symptoms seriously saved her life; luckily, it was ‘Just A Little Heart Attack’

There’s always something to talk about when longtime friends Carol Deckelbaum and Marnie Silbergeld make their daily 3-mile walk around Seattle’s Green Lake. On a windy, drizzly day in

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Former VP Dick Cheney says heart troubles were always on his mind

Dick Cheney had already survived five heart attacks, the first at age 37. He’d undergone multiple surgeries, including coronary artery bypass, stenting and angioplasty. But by the summer of

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Preeclampsia doubles women’s stroke risk, quadruples later high blood pressure risk

Millions of women with a history of preeclampsia should be screened and treated for high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol to reduce their risk for stroke,

Preventing stroke in women–frequently asked questions

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Womens’ Stroke Guidelines Are these the first stroke prevention guidelines specific to women? The 2014 stroke prevention guidelines are the first evidence-based

Jill Russell (right), with husband Matt and daughter Reagan

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Pregnancy masked her heart failure; now she helps warn others about heart disease

When Jill Russell started feeling chest pains late in her pregnancy, her doctor offered a simple explanation. It was probably just anxiety over the arrival of her daughter. Relax,