American Heart Association

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.
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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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Courageous Katherine’ thrives on helping fellow heart patients

In her 13 years, Katherine Schroeder has undergone 15 surgeries or other procedures on her heart. And she still faces a lifetime of medical interventions to keep her heart running.
Persevering is tough. Persevering with a good attitude is even tougher.

That’s why this eighth-grader from Canton, Ohio, is so remarkable.

Katherine […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Internet’s `PirateGray’ fighting heart disease in honor of her dad

Grayson Burger grew up watching her father struggle with heart problems.

The last few years, the 20-year-old from South Brunswick, N.J., has been building a career out of her online persona: PirateGray.

In December, she combined her passions to produce a video about her dad’s fight and the American Heart Association’s […]