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Personal Stories: Conditions

Perspective and Purpose

I never thought of myself as strong or unique or special in any way. I have certainly proven myself wrong.

Bonus Days

I woke up today and it was a big deal. In fact, the last five years have been full of bonus days. Waking up each day has been a really big deal!

A Different Person

As I sprawled in my hospital bed — feeling permanently dazed — with slurred, labored speech I tried to describe how I felt to my wife and sons. It felt, I said, like a cross between a brutal barroom beating and a spiritual awakening.

Walking the Talk

After undergoing surgery to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle, Sharon Bond founded a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease.

Women Take Charge of Their Health

Running after coronary quadruple bypass

An avid runner before his quadruple bypass surgery, Bobby Miller wanted to get back to that healthy habit as quickly as possible.

Finn’s Journey

Kelly and Michael Blumenthal were excited for the arrival of their second child, Finn. At their 19-week pregnancy scan, they learned he had heart disease.

The Magic of a 10-Year-Old

Heart patient Lori Ann Wood notices fateful coincidences between her own life and the timelines of advances in science that ultimately saved her life.

Waiting Watchfully

Mark Ridder found out he had a heart murmur at age 14. He didn’t have a diagnosis — bicuspid aortic valve stenosis — till he was 42. It didn’t get fixed till he was 60.

Learning the Hard Way

Poppy Sundeen knew her mother had heart problems, but she never considered the sore on her leg was a clue. She learned about peripheral artery disease (PAD) the hard way.

A Warrior Embraces Her Scar

Both her parents expected they were getting a beautiful, healthy baby girl. A couple days later, they were told that their baby had a heart murmur in the aortic valve.

Working for the Right Organization

Ruth Mercado didn’t feel her doctor was taking her symptoms seriously. Because she works for the American Heart Association, she knew she needed to find a new doctor – thank goodness she did.
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Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.