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Nancy Capelle

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, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy went …

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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

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HT High Flyers jump rope team performs at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Eight members of a jump rope team originally formed as an American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart demonstration team and coached by AHA’s director of policy research Laurie

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Rapper’s wife urges empowerment through fitness, knowledge about stroke

Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do at least once a day. They’re laughing about a new TV comedy when one drops the phone and

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Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity

The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart

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McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT, AHA volunteer

A week after turning 40, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy Capelle was putting some peanut butter on a banana when she felt severe pain

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Kids’ blood pressure spikes can be adulthood problem

Kids with just occasional spikes in blood pressure during childhood are at much higher risk of having high blood pressure as adults, according to a study presented at