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Tessa, Stroke Survivor

As she was leaving for work, Tessa’s arm went numb. She was unresponsive for 36 hours—but she’s here today to share her story.

With no history of heart issues, Tessa’s arm went numb. She collapsed and couldn’t speak.

Tessa - heart disease survivor o consulting with doctor

“For two days I was unconscious. I don’t remember anything.”

She had a stroke, and was unresponsive for 36 hours.

Tessa in the hospital

After worried phone calls from friends and family, police found her on the floor of her home.

Tessa’s treatment plan was based on research funded by the AHA.

Tessa in physical therapy treatment

“I was walking with a cane and boot. I don’t walk with them anymore.”

The Impact of the American Heart Association

Every dollar you give helps save lives through:

  • Innovative research and medical breakthroughs such as the artificial heart valve
  • Improving quality of care in hospitals in your community
  • Training of more than 22 million people annually in lifesaving CPR
  • Education that helps people prevent, detect and treat high blood pressure
  • Instilling heart-healthy lifestyle for more than 20 million children at 30,000 schools each year

I wouldn’t be here without the American Heart Association

“My treatment and recovery are due to people like you. Thanks for your support!”

Benefits of Becoming a Monthly Donor

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Early access to new research and guidelines for living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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Exclusive quarterly impact report delivered to your inbox.

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Special invitations to conversations with AHA leadership and experts.

The American Heart Association helped save my life.

Meet our Survivors