American Heart Association

Poet uses her art to connect with other survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A congenital heart defect required Jen Hyde to have two open-heart surgeries, including heart valve replacement by the time she was 25. Now, the Brooklyn poet and artist is using her experiences to channel her art and connect with other survivors.

Hyde, now 30, was diagnosed […]

Coast Guard officer a model for recovery after heart valve surgeries

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Heart Valve Patient Ambassadors: Dennis and Ann Dobkowski

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Dennis Dobkowski learned he’d need open-heart surgery to replace his heart valve, he began a difficult journey to prepare for surgery and work through a long, sometimes uneven recovery. For his wife Ann, a retired nurse, recovery meant a course of clinical steps.

Both the […]