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Survivor copes with aftermath of massive heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gabby McManus awoke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders.

It was much worse than symptoms she’d experienced the previous few weeks – occasional shortness of breath and mild heartburn, for which she […]

Quitting smoking after heart attack reduces chest pain, improves quality of life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as nonsmokers, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Researchers assessed 4,003 adults in two U.S. multi-center heart attack patient registries for […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Former FBI agent plays detective on own medical case

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tired, nauseous and short of breath, Pat Kirby knew something wasn’t right, but she blamed it on stress. She was doing multiple news interviews, providing law enforcement expertise on a sniper case in Washington, D.C.

A college professor at the time, Kirby was a former Baltimore […]

August 5th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |2 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After surviving cardiac arrest, Butch Gibbs works to save others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With their years of experience working with medical emergencies, Butch and Susie Gibbs knew Butch was in grave danger the night he started having chest pains.

Susie took his blood pressure and found it was dangerously low. She called the hospital where she works as an […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After 11 heart attacks – yes, 11 – former skater savors life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Toshawa Andrews fell in love with competitive ice skating as a child. In her mid-20s, her devotion kicked up a notch. She began competing, putting in several hours of training at least four days a week.

One day, she felt a burning sensation in her chest. […]

Smoking and angioplasty: not a good combination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Quitting smoking when you have an angioplasty can help maximize the procedure’s benefits, meaning better quality of life and more relief from your chest pain, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Researchers analyzed chest pain and quality of life […]

May 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Heart attack risks increase for divorced women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A woman who has been through two or more divorces is at a higher risk of having a heart attack than women who remain married, according to a new study.

Even among women who remarry after the stress of divorce, their heart attack risk remains higher, […]

April 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mom’s heart attack made AHA mission personal for staffer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 63, Kay Machyniak of Wausau, Wisconsin, was working to reduce her risk for heart disease.

While she could do nothing about her family history of problems, she quit her heavy smoking habit. She also lost weight.

She feared that it wasn’t enough. She was often short […]

Young heart attack survivor pushes physical limits in new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nick Weber had his life all planned out. He had just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and was studying to become a doctor. Then, at age 22, he had a heart attack.

It happened in 2013 while cycling at White Rock Lake in […]

New treatment advice for heart patients with high blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new scientific statement issued jointly by three medical organizations and published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, addresses how low to aim when treating patients with high blood pressure who also have vascular diseases.

The document provides an up-to-date summary on treating hypertension in patients who have […]