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She’s half the woman she used to be, going from 380 pounds to certified personal trainer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOIATION NEWS

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Annabelle Jimenez’s knees ached constantly. Her back, too.

She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds.

“I couldn’t walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain,” she said.

Jimenez grappled […]

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Diabetes, Healthy Living, multicultural, Obesity, Physical Activity, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on She’s half the woman she used to be, going from 380 pounds to certified personal trainer

Making the case for better health in public housing

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As an attorney and vice president of a real estate firm, Marcella Roberts makes decisions based on data — cold, hard facts. But the stats about heart disease in women didn’t become real for her until it became personal.

Two years ago, while attending the American […]

July 25th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making the case for better health in public housing

Returning to work after a heart attack can be tough, but also good medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After five weeks off recovering from her heart attack, Melissa Murphy looked forward to returning to her job.

“I’m back out, and I’m contributing again,” the Iowa mother of two remembered thinking. “I’m not a victim, which is how you sometimes feel when you’re sitting on […]

July 25th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Returning to work after a heart attack can be tough, but also good medicine

The tattoo on her left forearm offers a unique way for this stroke survivor to open a dialogue with others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo on her left forearm.

The dark, jagged lines represent the arteries in […]

July 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The tattoo on her left forearm offers a unique way for this stroke survivor to open a dialogue with others

Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning.

Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon.

Worse yet, it wasn’t even […]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Failure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

Nursing professor committed to clean air, healthy kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When it comes to improving cardiovascular health in communities, Karen Larimer rarely thinks small.

“I want to have a bigger impact on health care throughout the world,” she said. “I want to get the biggest bang for our buck.”

That ambition, vision and drive earned Larimer the […]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Heart Attack, Tobacco, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nursing professor committed to clean air, healthy kids

Heart failure expert sees great changes ahead for landscape of heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By the time Mariell Jessup left home to attend the University of Pennsylvania, she already knew she wanted to be one of two things after graduation: an actress or a physical therapist.

But while studying physical therapy, she gradually noticed almost all of her classmates were […]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Heart failure expert sees great changes ahead for landscape of heart health

Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite.

“The way we look affects […]

July 5th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Patients, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Heart disease has not slowed down this philanthropically-minded fashion plate

Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source – a blockage.

Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by […]

June 28th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Uncommon heart attack, found more often in women, needs a second look

She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Four hours into a nearly six-hour flight from Seattle to Mexico, Sara Metz felt overly anxious – far more than the usual jitters of a bride-to-be days before her wedding on a beach in Playa del Carmen.

She was watching the movie “Unbroken” when that feeling […]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on She had a heart attack on the way to her wedding – and recently celebrated her third anniversary