American Heart Association

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 […]

A father’s second chance, his company’s new passion

On perhaps the last night of his life, Brian Curin was told he needed to get some rest for the big day ahead. If he couldn’t drift off to sleep on his own, a nurse would be back soon with medicine to help speed the process.

Brian, however, had something […]

RX: exercise for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors should be prescribed exercise to help counteract physical deconditioning and inactive lifestyles, according to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement.

Lack of activity after stroke decreases survivors’ ability to perform daily living activities and increases their risk of having another stroke.

“There is strong evidence that physical […]

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 […]

National Walking Day set for Wednesday

The American Heart Association wants people to lace up for their heart health and get moving on National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 2.

Simply walking has many health benefits, which makes National Walking Day the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine. Research has shown that every hour of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 March 2012, Carol told Marnie something was going on, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She felt a little […]

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, she was told.
Jill figured that made sense. After all, before becoming pregnant, she was the epitome of good health – at […]

Exercising more, sitting less helps men prevent heart failure

Sitting for long periods increases heart failure risk in men, even for those who exercise regularly, according to new research.

The study is the first to examine the link between heart failure risk and sedentary time, said Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., lead researcher and a senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente […]