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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
James ignored classic heart failure symptoms, but once faced with a frightening prognosis, he made major changes to turn his health around. Today he volunteers as an ambassador for our Rise Above Heart Failure program.   While having congestive heart failure - with no one to turn to who could relate to what I was feeling - I felt like the lonely man on an ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 15, 2017 7:33 AM CST
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 Feb 14, 2017 3:17 PM CST
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 Feb 14, 2017 2:36 PM CST
Six years after battling cancer, Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda learned in 2014 that she had congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart that was working at a quarter of its capacity. Today, she is an Ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Rise Above Heart Failure initiative and she writes in honor of HF Awareness Week, February 12-18.   Normally ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 14, 2017 12:30 PM CST
 This week, as heart health advocates and experts around the country kickoff National Heart Failure Awareness Week, I am reminded of how important it is to bring attention to the condition that affects 6.5 million Americans, including my Mom. Recognizing the symptoms of heart failure, a condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood around the ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 13, 2017 1:03 PM CST
Emily Nichols’s son, Dylan, was born with a heart defect. She now works for the American Heart Association and writes in honor of CHD Week , February 7-14. “Your son has a very serious congenital heart defect and will need surgery very soon.”  Those are not words you want to hear when your baby is just five hours old.  But, that’s what happened to us and led us ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 7, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Elizabeth Beard has been both a caregiver of family members with cardiovascular disease, and is a survivor of PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). She writes in honor of National Wear Red Day.   When most people hear about National Wear Red Day , they think of heart disease and stroke.   For women like me however, we feel like there is a big party being thrown, ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 3, 2017 9:53 AM CST
  Chicarra Jones is 35 years old and a mother of two - Morghan and Paul. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio but relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2007 after completing her bachelor’s degree from Central State University. She moved to Columbia, SC in 2012 after meeting her Husband, and has been working with AHA since 2015 as a volunteer. She is a ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Feb 1, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Jeff Breece is a heart attack survivor turned runner who blogs at  JeffBreece.com . He is also a volunteer moderator on the Support Network and champion of   My Research Legacy , a project of the American Heart Association designed to gather health data (stripped of personal information) from volunteers to help identify patterns in heart disease. ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Jan 30, 2017 8:25 AM CST
AHA Heart Valve Ambassador Anthony  is an American Heart Association Heart Valve Ambassador who also blogs at  Robovalve .  Since last summer, I have been volunteering for the American Heart Association as a Heart Valve Ambassador, alongside 8 other valve patients. We come in different shapes, sizes, ages, genders, and from all over the country. The ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Jan 19, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a long-time American Heart Association volunteer. He and his wife, Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D., are Pennsylvania-based psychologists and the co-authors of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo, 2016).               Louise, a petite 72-year-old woman ... more...
Posted by AHA/ASA Katie Bahn on Support Network Blog Jan 9, 2017 9:02 AM CST