Stephanie Dempsey testifies about the personal toll of chronic diseases

American Heart Association volunteer Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease.

The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon.

Dempsey, age 44, said she has suffered from multiple chronic conditions for […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gulf War veteran recovers from heart attack to run marathon; he dedicates race to his cardiologist

It was the Monday before Thanksgiving a few years ago, and Greg Weglowski was on his bicycle.

Greg – a Gulf War veteran who at the time was a special agent for the federal government – knew something was wrong. When he pushed the pedals, “it just felt impossible,” he […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 17 days before co-chairing Heart Walk, he underwent open-heart surgery

As a father, husband, businessman and co-chair of the 2012 Heart Walk in Lincoln, Neb., Craig Gies kept plenty busy.

He was so busy that about two weeks before the event, he’d yet to write a letter seeking donations from family and friends.

The fact he wrote it from his hospital […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Minnesota man learns importance of CPR training twice

Six months after strangers revived his stopped heart and surgeons unclogged several arteries in heart, Dan Wessel headed toward Christmas feeling great – so great that his wife asked him to dress up as Santa Claus for a program at the school where she teaches.

Dan loved it. Yet on […]

Small town aims high to fight heart disease

Only 2,000 or so folks live in Hayward, Wisc., which is located in a remote area of the state known for fishing and lumberjack competitions.

It’s probably not the first place you think of when it comes to fighting heart disease, but Hayward is rapidly making a national name for itself doing […]

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 2010 the former Vice President’s heart health was in serious decline. While at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., he blacked out […]

Bush the latest in a line of presidents to battle heart disease

Being president of the United States comes with luxuries such as access to premier medical care and a support staff helping with healthy meals, frequent workouts and regular doctor visits.
Despite all of that, U.S. presidents — like all of us — can become heart patients.

George W. Bush joined the list in August 2013 when […]