American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘He didn’t want to look at our daughter and tell her I’m not coming home’

Just home from grocery shopping, Michelle Johnston pulled her truck into the driveway. As her daughter, Sydney, went to help her take the bags inside, Michelle bent down to give her a hug.

That’s when Michelle collapsed. Her eyes rolled back into her head and she took her last breath.

Michelle’s […]

Longtime volunteer awaits second heart transplant

Heart disease survivor Ginger Zimmerman has spent the past 15 years urging women to listen to their bodies and take care of themselves.

But now her heart, which was transplanted 16 years ago, is running out of time.

Ginger has been diagnosed with a new heart problem and is now on […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

TV performer raising awareness of heart disease in women

America’s most famous letter-turner is helping spell out the risks of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

Vanna White, who has worn more than 6,000 outfits since she started on “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982, will wear a red dress on the May 5 episode to spread the […]

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 Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.
The company will give the AHA $10 for every Red Flex wristband and $2 for every […]

Ohio dad saves his toddler son using infant CPR

As parents of three young boys, Eli and Melissa Thomas are used to constant roughhousing, teasing and noise.

So, they immediately feared the silence last August during a family trip to a relative’s home with a pool.

The pool was new and the gate to the pool deck was not completely installed. During […]

E-cards available for Mother’s Day

Macy’s and the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women program are teaming up to offer Thank-A-Mom cards that will help teach moms, sisters and friends about heart disease, the leading killer of women.

For each card sent through Facebook, Macy’s will donate $2, up to $400,000, to one of […]

Actor Reno Wilson leading Spinning Nation event

Actor Reno Wilson and wife Coco Fausone-Wilson will lead Spinning Nation, an indoor cycling event scheduled Saturday to benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement.

Along with the Wilsons, thousands of cyclists will raise money by pedaling through extended two- to four-hour Spinning classes hosted by local facilities to […]

Sixteen scholarships awarded to support diversity in healthcare

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s are awarding 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of  minority  healthcare professionals in hopes of better meeting the cultural needs of racially diverse patients.

The number of minority medical school graduates is increasing steadily, according to […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Like mother, like daughter – emotionally strong duo battle rare forms of heart disease

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve. At 18 months old, she had her first open-heart surgery.

Keyota underwent a second heart surgery at age 5. Then as a teenager and young adult, she had additional procedures, including valve replacement surgery and the […]