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Baseball great Rod Carew winning fight for life


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 […]

Dallas man heart failure-free thanks to new heart


As Todd Cunningham approached his 52nd birthday, he began to notice some troubling changes.

The brisk 3- to 4-mile walk he’d regularly do around a nearby park was getting harder. He just didn’t seem to have as much stamina, and would get short of breath.

“I figured […]

Ohio man grateful for new heart, pink tutu


Donerik Black awoke one night in 2009 in a panic. He couldn’t catch his breath.

His wife, Angie, urged him to relax and try to go back to sleep. He needed to get to the hospital, he told her.

“I’m not a hospital kind of guy,” he […]

September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Speedy heart transplant for kids better than waiting for perfect match

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival — even if they have antibodies that may attack the new heart — than children who wait for a donor to which they do not have antibodies according […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

Waiting for a new heart isn’t easy

Ginger Zimmerman, a longtime American Heart Association volunteer who successfully underwent a heart transplant 16 years ago, is suffering from complications and needs a second heart transplant. For more than three months, she’s been at a hospital in New York, first undergoing testing to qualify for a transplant and […]

Heart transplants give two generations a second chance at life

Albert Kurtyka and his family rallied around his mother, Diane Kurtyka, for years as she battled heart disease and, later, when she underwent a life-saving heart transplant.

Surprised and overjoyed, the family learned on New Year’s Eve of 2011 that after months of waiting Diane would receive a donor heart.

By the […]

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 […]

Inspiring, well-chronicled boy receives long-awaited new heart

Rylan Karrer woke up on Easter morning eager to dig into his basket of goodies. After 894 days of waiting on a heart transplant list, the plucky 11-year-old received something far more precious.

The Houston-area family was waiting more than two years for the  phone call that finally arrived Sunday […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: While boy awaits transplant to beat incredibly rare condition, family accepts ‘new normal’

Rylan Karrer has to sit on the sidelines. He doesn’t have the energy to run, jump and play like other 10-year-old kids.

His heart can’t handle it.

Rylan is dealing with a one-in-a-million condition that prevents the chambers of his heart from filling with blood. The only solution is finding him […]