Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Missouri.

Each year, 14,000 Missourians lose their lives to heart disease. But 80% of heart disease is preventable. Join the #NoMOHeartDisease movement to meet Missouri survivors and learn what you can do to lower your risk of heart disease.  

Audrey's Story

Audrey Pearce's Journey

Congenital heart defects affect 1 in 110 babies. Audrey Pearce was one of them. Today, Audrey is a congenital heart disease survivor, heart transplant survivor and cancer survivor. Audrey is also 10 years old.

Carlie Crain's Story

Carlie Crain is a student, softball player, daughter, sister, friend and congenital heart defect survivor. As a result of her condition, Carlie’s heart has to pump twice as hard, she tires easily and suffers from migraines. When her younger brother, Case, was born with a CHD too, the Crain family’s “normal” shifted again to multiple scars and 6 month check-ups x 2.  They don’t know what the future holds, it may be a heart transplant or more surgeries, but they know they face it together as a family. 

Brandy Wilson's Survivor Story

At 25, Brandy Wilson thought she knew what her future held. She had a wonderful husband and had just given birth to her third child. Standing in her kitchen, watching her toddlers play in the backyard while her newborn slept nearby, it seemed like life was almost perfect. It was at that moment, however, that Brandy’s life changed forever.

The Truth About Heart Disease

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Want to share your heart disease story?

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Media Info

To schedule an interview with a survivor or American Heart Association staff, contact Julie Lay.