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” […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Husband, wife exemplify the importance of knowing CPR

With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR.

He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved.
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It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny and their 8-week-old son […]

Heart transplants give two generations a second chance at life

Albert Kurtyka and his family rallied around his mother, Diane Kurtyka, for years as she battled heart disease and, later, when she underwent a life-saving heart transplant.

Surprised and overjoyed, the family learned on New Year’s Eve of 2011 that after months of waiting Diane would receive a donor heart.

By the […]

Prepare for children’s medical emergencies with online training

With more than 9.2 million children being treated by emergency departments for injuries, responding quickly and effectively is an essential skill for anyone who cares for an infant or child. The American Heart Association provides these skills with new online training on first aid and resuscitation.

Using real-life scenarios and […]

Man credits YouTube video for his ability to use CPR during flight emergency

A man flying from New York to San Diego on Delta Air Lines helped save a woman’s life using CPR techniques he learned from watching YouTube, according to ABC News 10 in San Diego.

Mitch Thrower, a La Jolla, Calif., businessman, offered to help when a flight attendant called for […]

University of Pennsylvania initiates heart-starting art contest

Staff at the University of Pennsylvania want to make it easier to spot automated external defibrillators – devices used to restart the heart after cardiac arrest – and they’re doing it with art.

The university launched the Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge to draw attention to the life-saving devices – a […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Courageous Katherine’ thrives on helping fellow heart patients

In her 13 years, Katherine Schroeder has undergone 15 surgeries or other procedures on her heart. And she still faces a lifetime of medical interventions to keep her heart running.
Persevering is tough. Persevering with a good attitude is even tougher.

That’s why this eighth-grader from Canton, Ohio, is so remarkable.

Katherine […]

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 […]