American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story


Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others


Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Initially reluctant to discuss her heart repairs, she’s since taken her story to Capitol Hill

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began.

“I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest,” she said. “It was the worst feeling.”

The mother of two headed down the hall to the school nurse, who told her she needed […]

New leadless pacemaker safe, reliable

A new self-contained leadless cardiac pacemaker is a safe and reliable alternative to conventional pacemakers, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The new device reduces complications that have existed over the last 50 years that are associated with lead placement and performance […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Philanthropists’ devotion straight from the heart, his and hers

Jane Golub is one active 75-year-old. She walks stairs, plays golf and follows her gym workout routine.

So last winter, when Jane arrived at the top of the 47 stairs at the Rensselaer, New York, train station struggling to breathe, it gave her husband, Neil, pause for concern.

“I first became […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Husband, wife exemplify the importance of knowing CPR

With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR.

He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved.
It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny and their 8-week-old son […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: His two open-heart surgeries by 6 prompted family’s support of research

Taking her 9-month-old son Caden for a routine checkup, Xochitl Ayon wondered about the best vaccination schedule and development milestones such as when he should start pulling up.

A much bigger concern soon followed. What initially was diagnosed as a heart murmur turned out to be a troublesome piece of […]

Small wireless pacemaker is safe, effective in early testing

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are still vulnerable to some short- or long-term complications, said Vivek Y. Reddy, M.D., lead author of […]