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Retired news anchor undergoes seven-bypass heart surgery, considers himself ‘lucky’


Larry Hatteberg, a retired television anchor who now makes videos for businesses, was testing a camera when he suddenly became lightheaded.

“I never get lightheaded,” he said. “This sort of came as a bolt out of the blue.”

Because it was so unusual, Larry checked in with […]

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91-year-old runner back on track after cardiac surgery


Tony Taddeo and cardiac surgeon Michael Mack are not a typical pair of running buddies.

One is a 91-year-old with a new aortic heart valve, and the other is the doctor  who arranged the surgery and supervised the treatment that got the nonagenarian jogger back on […]

Legacy Leader Eugene Calman stays active, devoted


Eugene Calman believes the secret to a long life is staying active.

At age 88, he is involved with historical societies, the Lion’s Club and Mensa. He’s often in his garage, tinkering and restoring a 90-year-old circus calliope and his collection of antique cars. He devotes […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Initially reluctant to discuss her heart repairs, she’s since taken her story to Capitol Hill

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.”

The mother of two headed down the hall to the school nurse, who told her she needed […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her tangle of heart problems were discovered in the womb; now 3, she’s thriving

At their 20-week ultrasound, Jamie and Cale Henderson were excited to learn they would be welcoming a baby girl.

The other news that day wasn’t as joyous.

Their unborn daughter had several problems with her heart. Doctors didn’t yet know the full extent of the condition.

“It was devastating,” Jamie said. “I […]

Fox News anchor’s baby boy going strong after numerous heart surgeries

Bret and Amy Baier greeted the birth of their first child with the excitement and anticipation of any new parents, posing for photos, spreading the good news, and staring in awe at 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes.

Less than two days later, they stood silently as doctors detailed […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

TV personality Star Jones recounts personal health journey

Star Jones is a successful attorney, author, TV personality and American Heart Association National Volunteer. A decade ago, she was also obese, stressed out, and wondering what to do about it.

“I was the one who went from sexy and full figured to sloppy and fat,” she said Thursday at […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: NFL PLAY 60 ‘Super Kid’ inspires others fighting heart defects

Before the most recent Super Bowl, 10-year-old Hunter Paulin kicked off the biggest event on America’s sports calendar by running to midfield at the Superdome and handing the official game ball to the referee.

The scene brought tears to the eyes of Hunter’s mother, Wendy, who’d often wondered if Hunter’s […]