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Jenn Was Told She Had a Year To Live... 14 Years Ago

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
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The bright green and red, king-sized Christmas quilt could be anywhere in the Schaeffer house right now. While most of their holiday decorations are s...

Fresh From Farms to Schools -- It Just Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
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I recently spent a day with Rivas at a Dallas school, and came away so impressed. I'm happy to share with you the steps they are taking to ensure the next generation is a healthier one.

Saving and Improving Lives Mile By Mile, Coast to Coast

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
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Since mid-March, they've been riding bicycles through communities from coast to coast. Perhaps you've heard about their efforts or even saw them roll ...

This Guy-Gal Running Duo Bonded Over a Death -- His

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
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A few days after the 2011 Bay to Breakers, her direct line at the hospital rang. "Do you remember that guy at the Bay to Breakers who died at the finish line?" a man said. "That was me." Stunned doesn't even begin to describe her reaction.

Philanthropist Turns Her Heart Problem Into Solutions

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
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One day in 1998, Sally Soter was walking up a hill when she felt oddly out of breath. Then came the ache in her side. The symptoms hit just as she a...

Inventive Mom's Mantra: Practice Hearts Make Perfect Surgery

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
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Strange as it may seem, she discovered a valuable intersection between the development of her kitchen tool and her family's journey through pediatric cardiology. She believes in it so much that she's devoted her life to improving pediatric heart surgery.

By Acting F.A.S.T She Rewrote Her Family's Story

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
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While Dailey's wait for help was excruciating, it came quickly compared to those who don't immediately recognize the onset of stroke.

Stroke Survivor Returns to Teaching, Marathon Running... and He's Striving for Much More

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
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Viet and Maureen will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in June. She understands better than anyone how his driven personality has gotten him this far in his recovery, and how it fuels him to continue pushing for more.

Christine's Story Emphasizes Power of Tedy's Team

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
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Tedy is former New England Patriots star Tedy Bruschi, whose NFL career was interrupted by a stroke in 2005. He was 31 and a few weeks removed from being crowned a Super Bowl champion.

Cholesterol: Dietary Confusion or Healthy Conclusion?

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
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The take-home is that just because dietary cholesterol is no longer a "nutrient of concern," it does not mean we should forget about the problems it can cause.

A Healthier Way to Buy Groceries Is on the Way

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.06.2015 | Healthy Living
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The bottom line is that FoodSwitch can help consumers make better, heart-healthier decisions in a quick, easy way. Such scrutiny could push food makers to improve their products, and perhaps serve as a surveillance tool for policy-makers and other regulators.

Going Around the Block, or Across the Country, National Walking Day Is for Everyone

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.30.2015 | Healthy Living
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Since 2007, the American Heart Association has held this event on the first Wednesday in April. The goal is encouraging Americans to get up and get moving on this day, and then to turn that activity into part of a healthy lifestyle.

FDA Must Act on Federal Tobacco Rule

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
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Time has become our enemy when it comes to these tobacco products. With every day that passes, they remain unchecked in the marketplace and grow in popularity among young Americans.

Attention iPhone Users: Make Sure Your Heart Counts

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
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You probably heard last week's news about Apple launching a watch, a cool way for iPhone users to access their device from their wrist. That news overshadowed something else the company launched the same day, something I think is even cooler because it could save and improve lives.

His NBA Dream Lost, Isaiah Austin Winning in New Ways

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
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Austin's new dream is being a role model, not just to Marfan patients, but to people facing any type of adversity. He believes it's his calling, one with a longer, stronger reach than he'd have as an NBA player.

Here's How to Keep Pizza, Brownies, More as Part of Your Healthy Diet This National Nutrition Month

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
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As a teenager at a summer acting school, Devin Alexander developed her first serious crush. The boy liked her, too, even saying that she would be the ...

A Monthlong Celebration of Our Yearlong Devotion

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
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Throughout February, in communities across the country, millions of supporters have been coming together, wearing red, and reinforcing the critical message that we can overcome heart disease and stroke.

The Message of American Heart Month and Throughout the Year: Healthy Lifestyle Choices Should Be a Priority

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

One of the great privileges of being a part of the American Heart Association is the opportunity to work together with fellow health organizations, like Susan G. Komen, to achieve our shared goal of improving and saving lives.

Mysteries Surround Kids' Top Acquired Heart Disease

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
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"What I really want is to protect children from getting Kawasaki disease -- prevention, prophylaxis," Kawasaki said. "But in order to find a way to do that, we have to first identify the cause of Kawasaki disease and that is very difficult."

Improving Stroke Rehab, One Monitored Step at a Time

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
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One day a few years ago, Bruce Dobkin gazed out his office window on the UCLA campus and noticed a sign about an upcoming event for engineers. Dobkin...

This American Heart Month, Let's Celebrate Survivors -- Like Deborah

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
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As February dawns, you're seeing a lot more red and more hearts. While that is partly due to Valentine's Day, it also is because -- for the 51st straight year -- the White House has designated February as American Heart Month.

Can We Go From Around 1 in 100 to 1 in Never?

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
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An ambulance ride to their local hospital was followed by a medical helicopter flight to Boston Children's Hospital, where Joseph received the majority of his care. Gina took the chopper; Rob made the longest one-hour drive of his life.

Life-Saving Answers Exist; the Key Is Continuing the Search

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
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Research is the engine that propels science. Every mile we've gained in the treatment and prevention of all diseases comes from researchers discoverin...

Stroke Down to Fifth-Leading Killer in U.S. -- Here's What the Statistical Change Really Means

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
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"I'm not surprised by the declining numbers," Dr. Broderick said. "But I am surprised by how quickly it's happened. Falling two spots in a few years after being No. 3 for a long, long, long time is remarkable."

Getting the Right Care for the Right Patient in the Right Time

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
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This is all about improving the quality of care in real time. Whereas studies show what has already happened to a patient, sometimes months after discharge, this is an opportunity to make a difference when it matters most -- while care is being given.