When Ken slumped over in the passenger seat, Tanya didn’t have to think about what to do — after all, she is a health educator and has been teaching CPR through the American Heart Association for 15 years.
On August 25, 2010, I earned the title of "one lucky dude." It was awarded to me by "Dr. Andy," an ER doctor I had just "met" that day. The circumstances of our meeting were less than ideal. In fact, they were nearly tragic for me and my family — wife Wendy, son Isaac and beautiful Ashley. We met because of a complete blockage of my left anterior descending artery (LAD).
One thing some of us heart patients grump about the most is having to change our diets. Give me eight new medications to take? No problem. Try to teach me new ways to manage stress? Sketchy. But eliminate my best friends, salt and fat, from my diet? No way!
In January 2004 during a routine ultrasound, my wife Stacie and I learned that our son, Luke, would be born with complex congenital heart defects. It was an emotional roller coaster to understand the challenges that lay ahead.
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."
In a crowded church in Greensboro, North Carolina, all eyes are on the podium as two men and a woman recount their personal tales of survival. All have waged a battle against heart disease and/or stroke and are sharing their experiences in the hope of educating others.
At the young age of 19, Cory had a catastrophic stroke at the end of his freshman year of college. Against all odds, he came back from this life threatening event to start the final game of his senior year.
Children teach their parents many lessons. Shannon Cockrell’s daughter Morgan Humphreys taught her mom about the physiology of the heart—and the preciousness of life.
Veronica Sanchez thought she knew the signs of a heart attack from the movies she’d seen — chest pain and numbness in the left arm. So when she felt nauseated and dizzy, she dismissed those feelings. "I thought it was something I ate," she said.
In early 2010, Mariam Giardini was a vivacious 32-year-old. She ate healthy and worked hard to stay in shape, doing fitness boot camps and other aerobic activities. Heart disease was the furthest thing from her mind.
Debra Koziol, age 54, of Cranston, Rhode Island, has spent her adult life paying attention to her health by exercising and watching her diet. She had to because in her 20s she’d been diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse—a condition causing her heart to occasionally skip a beat.