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BECAUSE YOUR VOICE IS THE POWER OF SUPPORT, WE ARE MAKING IT EASIER FOR YOU TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS. In our continuous efforts to better accommodate your needs, we've been busy making improvements to the Support Network.  You will now have a personal customized dashboard - based on your primary condition - a new well-being forum and much more.  We'll be ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 24, 2017 10:29 AM CDT
“ JerzeyCate ” is a volunteer moderator here on the Support Network who shares her experiences and perspective to help others.     An important factor in our quest for health is what we are thinking. Yes, what you are thinking influences how you recover.   Time and again research has shown that the way you think about your health strongly influences the way ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 24, 2017 7:38 AM CDT
Bill is a semi-retired remodeling contractor whose interests include the outdoors, travel, scuba and tourist activities with his lovely wife, Maria. Bill's new moto after his heart attack is "Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stranger" as life seems to require a few odd adjustments post heart attack for him.   Bill began his cardiac rehab sessions in ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 19, 2017 10:17 AM CDT
“ JerzeyCate ” is a volunteer moderator here on the Support Network who shares her experiences and perspective to help others.   “You are the most difficult person you will ever lead.” -Bill Hybels Years ago, I read that quote and though I found it to be thought-provoking, it was certainly “not relevant to my life.” I’d worked in various aspects of ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 17, 2017 8:17 AM CDT
Kelly DiMaggio is 28 years old with a complex single ventricle physiology consisting of mitral atresia, d-TGA with pulmonary stenosis and a hypoplastic left ventricle. Kelly lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband, Michael. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2011 and is now employed full time as a Registered Client Service ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 13, 2017 8:06 AM CDT
Introducing My Cardiac Coach, a free app from American Heart.   After a heart attack, you're told to focus on recovery. Then you're left to figure it out. What are the next steps? Where do you find reliable information? How do you make good health habits and stick to them? Or keep track of medications and doctor's appointments? And with all that to worry ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 10, 2017 10:16 AM CDT
Elizabeth Beard has been both a caregiver to family members with cardiovascular disease and is a survivor of a bi-femoral aortic bypass due to peripheral artery disease (PAD). She writes today about the struggles and consequences of not living a healthy lifestyle while being a work at home employee.   This time of year is an anniversary of sorts for me. I ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Apr 6, 2017 10:07 AM CDT
A stroke gave Lilian Tsi Stielstra the wake-up call she needed to change her diet, exercise regularly and reduce stress. She encourages women to understand their family history and health factors and make lifestyle changes to reduce their risks. She is a volunteer with the Go Red for Women movement and 2017 Real Woman . She blogs in honor of National ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 31, 2017 9:42 AM CDT
Susan Strong , of Colorado Springs, Colorado, underwent TAVR for the severe aortic stenosis caused by radiation therapy to treat her Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 17. She serves as a   Heart Valve Ambassador   for the American Heart Association and President of   Heart Valve Voice US .      Commemorations and special recognitions, like the American ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 31, 2017 7:47 AM CDT
Joy is a register nurse at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She writes about her experience leading patients through cardiac rehab as part of our series on Cardiac Rehab Rockstars. As a registered nurse that works in the Cardiopulmonary Rehab department at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia,  I have the privilege of guiding and ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 27, 2017 7:42 AM CDT
Emily Gladden is a 26 year old wife and soon to be first time mother, living in South Carolina with three congenital heart defects. Emily blogs at www.emilyclardygladden.blogspot.com where she shares personal stories of living with her heart defects, as well as how her current pregnancy effects her personal heart health and the possible effects her ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 27, 2017 7:36 AM CDT
Elizabeth Beard is a former caregiver to family members with cardiovascular disease and a survivor of a bi-femoral aortic bypass for Severe PAD ( Peripheral Artery Disease ). One of the main contributing factors to PAD is smoking and she writes in honor of Kick Butts Day , an initiative to reduce the rates of Americans who begin smoking.   In 1976 when I ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 15, 2017 9:31 AM CDT
Melissa writes regular for the Support Network blog as well as her own personal blog. She says, “That’s how this crazy blog got started. Coronary, chest pain, Myocardial infarction are several words to describe my condition. Whatever words you use to describe it, I still can’t believe that at the age of 40 I’m in the heart attack club. After months of ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 13, 2017 8:01 AM CDT
Barbara Ellington is a Cardiac Rehab Rockstar and shares her story to encourage all who are eligible to attend cardiac rehabilitation . I had a bovine aortic valve replacement 9 days before my 60th birthday on September 13, 2016.   I had known for 10 years that I had a bicuspid valve and would one day likely need open heart surgery. I had yearly appointments ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 9, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Daniel Ketchum is a heart failure survivor and 62 year old engineer/scientist celebrating 40 Years of marriage this year. He is a proud Grand-dad to two lively boys and technical worker in his local Nazarene church. He writes in honor of National Nutrition Month.    I wish I could always cook at home but that is just not possible. With such diet ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Mar 2, 2017 8:58 AM CST
Mark Poniatowski is a 34 year old husband and father of two from Colorado, who had a stent placed in 2015 due to 99% blockage of his LAD. Mark blogs at   www.dadwithcad.com , where he shares his stories, experiences and learnings as a young and active dad living with coronary artery disease (CAD).     In honor of American Heart Month, I thought that I would ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 28, 2017 8:19 AM CST
My cardiac rehab routine has been a major component of my recovery from my heart attack and stent procedures.  Although I have completed the monitored portion of my rehab, I continue to exercise at the Heart and Vascular center of University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia at least four days a week.  My name is Richard Lichtenberg and this is my story as a ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 24, 2017 7:44 AM CST
Christine is a volunteer with the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Ambassador Program and shares her story to help raise awareness. She wrote this blog in honor of Valve Disease Day, February 22 . Women are natural caretakers that don't always put their own needs first. We must make time and invest in our own health for ourselves and the people ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 22, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Susan Strong , of Colorado Springs, Colorado, underwent TAVR for the severe aortic stenosis caused by radiation therapy to treat her Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 17. She serves as a Heart Valve Ambassador for the American Heart Association and President of Heart Valve Voice US . She writes in advance of National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day .   ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 21, 2017 10:57 AM CST
Kimberly Goodloe   is a Heart Valve Ambassador for the American Heart Association. She had her aortic valve replaced at age 42 and now is passionate about educating others.   Learn more about her work on her website .  She writes as we approach National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day on February 22 .   I look forward to celebrating Heart Valve Awareness ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 20, 2017 8:13 AM CST

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