American Heart Association

TV viewers will be seeing red

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Protecting heart health is a crucial message for newscaster Katie Kenney.

The television host and producer for WDTN Channel 2 in Dayton, Ohio, has lost most of her extended family to heart attacks and other complications of heart disease. She’s careful to make good lifestyle choices […]

Survivors, lawmakers call for expanded access to cardiac rehab

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac rehabilitation could help the roughly 965,000 Americans who suffer a coronary event each year, as well as patients diagnosed with heart failure. Yet research has found that only one-eighth of all eligible Medicare beneficiaries participate in cardiac rehab programs.

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised […]

From heart attack survivor to marathon runner

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Andy Trinidad was driving back to his office in Los Angeles just as rush hour was starting when he began to feel a crushing in his chest “like an elephant was stepping on me.” Next he felt a pain in his left arm. He immediately […]

Baseball great Rod Carew winning fight for life

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The way Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew sees it, his body is in a slump.

The way his doctors see it, he’s winning the fight for his life.

Carew’s world took this drastic turn Sept. 20, when he suffered a heart attack while playing golf. A […]

Fewer say they’ve had a heart attack

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The good news: Fewer people these days are saying they’ve suffered a heart attack. The bad news: Those who have had heart attacks may not be changing lifestyle habits that could result in another one.

The percentage of U.S. adults who reported that they had heart […]

Caregiver focuses on own health after heart attack

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Theresa Nakagawa spent her life putting the care of others before herself.

In 2012, the family and marriage therapist was caring for her older sister, who was recovering from back surgery, helping her manage daily activities, including walking her two dogs.

The sisters were out one afternoon […]

Tennis lesson ends with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Van Gilbert was about 15 minutes into his weekly tennis lesson when the pro asked him to practice his serve. He made it through a couple serves before collapsing at the baseline.

His coach ran to the pro shop to call 911. A man on a […]

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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