American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 4 heart attacks, 5-way bypass, 35 stents – and that’s only part of this survivor’s story

Justin Faloon has had four heart attacks.

He’s endured a quintuple bypass.

He’s received an extraordinarily high number of stents – 35.

Yet perhaps the best part of his story doesn’t involve the care he’s received. It’s about the lives he’s saved.
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Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

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: A heart attack at 37 sent marathon runner down a new path

Julie Pannell dropped off her kids at school before heading to the YMCA to swim with her friend Hannah as part of their training for a triathlon.

After about 45 minutes in the lap pool, they went to the locker room. Suddenly, Julie felt like she had the wind knocked […]

Complex heart imaging tests may raise children’s lifetime cancer risk

Radiation from standard X-rays doesn’t significantly raise lifetime cancer risks for most children, but  it can for those who have complex heart disease and are exposed to large cumulative doses, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers followed 337 children under age 6 who had heart surgery at Duke University […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Quadruple bypass turns longtime smoker into dedicated marathon runner

Jacob Sternfeld started smoking when he was 12 and by age 50 had hardly ever stopped. He was burning through 30 cigarettes a day, practically two for every waking hour.

“My wife said it was like a secret mistress, because I’d leave dinner to smoke,” he said.

In March 2009, Jacob […]