American Heart Association

Coast Guard officer a model for recovery after heart valve surgeries


Robert Epps went years not knowing he had a life-threatening heart condition. He had only a couple days to process how open-heart surgery to replace a valve would change his life.

Now, as an American Heart Association Heart Valve Patient Ambassador, Epps offers hope to other […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Retired Coast Guard Senior Chief shares story to educate others – especially men

Robert Epps was working the soundboard at his local church one Sunday morning when he walked up the stairs to the office. This simple activity left the 31-year-old with a terrible pain in his chest that made it hard to breathe.

β€œIt felt like someone had stabbed me with a […]