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Fighting for the youngest heart disease patients

Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the United States and the leading killer of infants with birth defects, tragic facts that the American Heart Association is working to combat on many fronts. These defects are heart …

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Social worker worried about her health, not her healthcare coverage

Elise Beaulieu was a little annoyed as she left work following a conversation with a co-worker. She felt a little tired and a little strange, and her neck

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Girl born with problematic heart thrives, loves giving others hope they can, too

When River and Chris Triffo went to have the 20-week ultrasound done on their fourth child, they were eager to hear whether they would be having a girl

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Woman who ignored symptoms now advises others to be aware

More than anything, Melissa Blount wanted to give her daughter Safiya a sibling. She built her life around her quest for another child. In her late 30s, this meant

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Personal chef sheds 100 pounds, gains new perspective on food

Kirsten Helle grew up loving food. And there was always plenty to love. “Celebrations were built around food,” she said. “Every night, dinner was a big production and you

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TV personality Star Jones recounts personal health journey

Star Jones is a successful attorney, author, TV personality and American Heart Association National Volunteer. A decade ago, she was also obese, stressed out, and wondering what to

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Survivor says Affordable Care Act may have saved her life

Life as a college freshman was crisp and new for Aqualyn Laury as she walked across the campus to her first class of the day. Then she felt

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McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Nurse who missed her own stroke symptoms now encouraging others to learn warning signs

As a nurse, Lorena Rivera is used to treating stroke patients. Being one never entered her mind, even though, as it turned out, she’d already had two strokes. Her condition

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Fluorescent particles might help predict heart disease

Here’s a warning for middle-aged women that might sound straight out of a science fiction novel: If a high level of fluorescent particles show up in your blood