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STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body. Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand. “It […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Thanks to CPR, fireman-husband saves life of his cardiac-nurse-wife

Tawnya Reynolds was training for her first marathon, so she wanted to go for a run. Her husband, Billy, convinced her to stay home and do CrossFit with him. It

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Michigan mom ignored the risks and suffered the consequences; now, after losing 130-plus pound, she’s back in control

Fox 2 News Headlines Sheri Lindsay was standing at the kitchen table, organizing pictures for her son’s hockey banquet, when her body delivered the ultimate wake-up call. “I felt something

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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

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Fitness lowers death rates for elderly men with high blood pressure

Physical fitness lowered the risk of death in elderly men with high blood pressure, even in the moderately fit, according to new research released Monday. A brisk walk of 20

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Sales of red fitness trackers to help fight heart disease in women

Fitbit, Inc., manufacturer of the Fitbit Flex activity and sleep tracking wristband, will donate a portion of sales of its new Red Flex products and red bands to the American

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She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT

As an emergency medical technician and CPR trainer, Nancy Capelle helps save lives. Not long ago, she was the one in need of emergency care. A week after turning 40,

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O’Donnell to women: ‘You’re worth it, take care of yourself and know the symptoms’ of heart disease

In retrospect, Rosie O’Donnell realizes she put herself at risk of heart disease. She was very overweight at 220 pounds, and admittedly “was not exercising at all.” Plus, she

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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,

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Woman who ignored symptoms now advises others to be aware

More than anything, Melissa Blount wanted to give her daughter Safiya a sibling. She built her life around her quest for another child. In her late 30s, this meant