American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mother of 8 who collapsed in church warns others: ‘Heart disease doesn’t look like anything’

Cynthia Essex knew something wasn’t right that Sunday morning before church.

Getting out of bed was a struggle. Exhaustion persisted as she showered and got dressed. To top it off, Cynthia, who loves her assortment of shoes, didn’t care which pair she put on.

Cynthia pressed on, figuring she was just […]

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease may have low complication risks during delivery

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

However, such women were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

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” […]

Dennis begins second year as AHA chair with gusto

Bernie Dennis has a favorite saying about his favorite organization: “People don’t need the American Heart Association … until they need the American Heart Association.”

He’s exhibit A. It took a few heart attacks and a quadruple bypass to get him involved.

While recovering, a rehabilitation nurse challenged him to raise […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

National Institutes of Health’s budget cuts impacting research

Representatives of about 170 research organizations will meet with House and Senate offices in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to urge Congress to invest in the National Institutes of Health for the health and economic security of our nation. The event is called a Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Internet’s `PirateGray’ fighting heart disease in honor of her dad

Grayson Burger grew up watching her father struggle with heart problems.

The last few years, the 20-year-old from South Brunswick, N.J., has been building a career out of her online persona: PirateGray.

In December, she combined her passions to produce a video about her dad’s fight and the American Heart Association’s […]

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 […]