American Heart Association

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Years ago, when Sally Soter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, she told her doctor she was determined to conquer heart disease — and help other women facing it too.

Her commitment to fighting the No. 1 killer of women […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: A mother’s heartbreaking, heartwarming tale

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The nurses were careful about how to share the news with Christie Reinhardt. Lying in a hospital bed, weakened, her body might not be able to handle the full weight of the information.

She’s a Southern woman, though: no-nonsense. She insisted on knowing what had become […]

Deanna Linz makes heart disease her pageant platform

After losing both her parents to heart disease Deanna Linz made raising awareness about heart health her mission – one that became even more personal when she became a heart patient herself.

Linz, an ambassador for the American Heart Association, had her first heart attack at age 40, followed by […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Miracle baby’ now helping save future generations of kids with heart problems

To the folks in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the little girl born on Aug. 2, 1957, seemed perfectly healthy.

Within months, her parents weren’t so sure.

Laurie Van Brunt wasn’t developing the way other babies did. She was more lethargic, moving less than the other tykes.

Relax, a family doctor said. Babies develop […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Initially reluctant to discuss her heart repairs, she’s since taken her story to Capitol Hill

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began.

“I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest,” she said. “It was the worst feeling.”

The mother of two headed down the hall to the school nurse, who told her she needed […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Philanthropists’ devotion straight from the heart, his and hers

Jane Golub is one active 75-year-old. She walks stairs, plays golf and follows her gym workout routine.

So last winter, when Jane arrived at the top of the 47 stairs at the Rensselaer, New York, train station struggling to breathe, it gave her husband, Neil, pause for concern.

“I first became […]

New public service campaign launches

The American Heart Association launched a national public service campaign on Wednesday in partnership with the Ad Council and pro bono agency Deutsch NY to increase awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined.

The campaign directs women to make a change at GoRedForWomen.org and includes television, radio, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Living through a stroke was one thing; now he’s regaining what he lost, inspiring others

Sebastian Baker knew he was at risk of stroke because it ran in his family.

An aunt and a cousin each suffered debilitating strokes. Each endured complications in ensuing years, then died.

Those relatives were in their late 30s and early 40s when they suffered their strokes. Sebastian was 45 the […]