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Heart transplants for mom, son give Kurtyka family much to be thankful for this season


Read the latest post from the American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown's Huffington Post Blog.

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Stories
from the Heart

Twenty years after a heart attack, five years after a quadruple bypass, Gene Cragoe was driving to his office when his heart stopped. He wound up in someone’s yard. Luckily, it was across the street from an EMT who had just arrived home – and knew exactly what to do.

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Fall is known as the harvest season for a reason. It’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of the cornucopia of fresh produce that is available.

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Statistical models
used for
flu numbers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu each year and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. But those are only estimates.

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Shannon Cockrell waited for her daughter to come from the nursery. Instead, the new mother was met by the doctor bringing information about congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot.

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Speed is better than
perfect match
children’s transplants

Children who receive a heart transplant as soon as a suitable donor is available are predicted to have better quality-adjusted survival than those who wait.

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Women with CHD
may have low risks
during delivery


Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of irregular heart beat or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, but they were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital longer.

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Know the Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Signs

If you or someone else is experiencing these warning signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 right away.
Support Network

Support Network

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Reducing risk of heart disease

Reducing the risk of heart disease was the topic of a Google+ hangout with +dailyRx contributor Katti Gray, former American Heart Association president Donna Arnett and other experts. The panel recommended watching cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods and being active. They said people should shop smart to avoid added sodium and sugar and eat healthier fats. Buying fruits and vegetables in season helps the budget. Panelists suggested reducing inflammation in the body by eating a healthy diet, being active, getting enough sleep and avoiding stress.

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Interactive Cardiovascular Library

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Care for Caregivers
 
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