American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Living through a stroke was one thing; now he’s regaining what he lost, inspiring others

Sebastian Baker knew he was at risk of stroke because it ran in his family.

An aunt and a cousin each suffered debilitating strokes. Each endured complications in ensuing years, then died.

Those relatives were in their late 30s and early 40s when they suffered their strokes. Sebastian was 45 the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 26-year-old rebuilds life, golf game after stroke

The day before Thanksgiving 2009, Drew Sperling woke up looking forward to playing a round of golf with his dad.

The words he spoke to a friend that morning sounded slurred.

Then Drew lost consciousness.

He was bleeding inside his brain. He was having a stroke. He was also only 21.
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The friend […]

Dennis begins second year as AHA chair with gusto

Bernie Dennis has a favorite saying about his favorite organization: “People don’t need the American Heart Association … until they need the American Heart Association.”

He’s exhibit A. It took a few heart attacks and a quadruple bypass to get him involved.

While recovering, a rehabilitation nurse challenged him to raise […]

Four-time stroke survivor makes trek across the country for the fourth time

He’s at it again. Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy, 63, has his walking shoes on and he is making his way from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

This is Brandy’s fourth walk since beginning his treks around America to raise awareness about stroke. Along the way, he meets and greets […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do’ – like this survivor of a stroke when she was 15

Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif.

When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to class, she dismissed it.

“Who would think it was anything?” she recalled. “Just a headache – harmless.”

But Vandna began feeling confused in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke limits attorney, but she’s fighting back – and helping others do so, too

It was the time of year when many people indulge with abandon. Attorney Jan Thomas resisted, though. On this Dec. 28, she was remaining fit by spending her lunch break in her office gym, just as she did two or three times every week.

A partner in a large firm […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: `Stroke Hero’ perseveres to raise son delivered following her devastating stroke

Jenny Mason was throwing up so violently that her boyfriend Jarrad went to a pharmacy to get medication to ease her nausea.

When Jarrad returned, he found the left side of her body was weak and she was struggling to move. Although calling 9-1-1 is best in such situations, he […]