American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

Motorcycle lover shares his story for World Stroke Day

At 39, Gabe Scofield felt he was in the best shape of his life. A service manager at a motorcycle dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scofield regularly spent time racing motorcycles offroad, mountain biking and weight training.

The father of two boys—13-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Zander—Scofield strove to take good […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body.

Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand.

“It was like it was there, but it wasn’t mine,” she recalled. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: This stroke survivor is dedicated to helping others beat, avoid stroke

During a pleasant weekend visit with her mother, Amy Edmunds asked a question.

Then she asked it again. And again.

The repetition was so bizarre that Amy’s mom called 9-1-1. Before help arrived, Amy had another frightening problem: she couldn’t see.

But by the time the EMS crew arrived, everything was back […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Busy mother couldn’t believe she was having a stroke, urges women to monitor health

One cold February morning, the daily dash was on in Heather Hourin’s household.

Heather’s two young children, 3-year-old Drew and 14- month-old Ella, were eating breakfast. Her husband Mike was heading home from the gym. Heather, an accountant, was sending an email on her Blackberry about an approaching snowstorm that […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Warning stroke uncovers lurking heart condition; he’s now helping raise awareness

J. Loren Sisson IV has always been on the move.

A lifelong athlete, he played basketball in college. He then worked as a personal trainer in the gym his family owned.

And he did it all with a hole in his heart – a condition that was discovered after he had […]