American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: A heart attack at 37 sent marathon runner down a new path

Julie Pannell dropped off her kids at school before heading to the YMCA to swim with her friend Hannah as part of their training for a triathlon.

After about 45 minutes in the lap pool, they went to the locker room. Suddenly, Julie felt like she had the wind knocked […]

Forty minutes without a heartbeat to a life filled with purpose

Wendy Brechbuhler was using her phone to track the distance she was covering with her husband Kraig while they trained for a marathon in July last year. But, moments later, when he collapsed during a cool-down walk, she was using it to save his life — by calling 9-1-1.

Then […]

Marathoner reaches goal of good health

Three days before his first marathon, Keith Schroth was not anxious about finishing the 26.2-mile run. As far as he was concerned, he’d already overcome a major challenge.

For 20 years, the 57-year-old had lived with high blood pressure and in January 2013 his doctor wanted to increase his medication.

Schroth […]

Tedy’s Team: Boston Marathon survivors run for stroke survivors

Dan Foley wondered who could be calling his cell phone since his family and friends knew he’d be at about Mile 25 of the Boston Marathon.

“I ignored it the first time,” Foley said. “But when it went off again, I took it out of my armband.”

It was his wife, […]