We published nearly 100 inspiring stories of survival this year. These 10 profiles topped the list.
When Andrea Paez went from athletic to almost immobile, grief nearly overtook her. With determination and family support, she found health and happiness.
For nearly a year, Cherée Johnson felt occasional chest pain at night. When she felt it one afternoon, it turned out to be different. This time, it was a heart attack.
Facing serious speech and balance issues, Dr. Mike Knapic put his trademark determination into recovery after a stroke.
Paramedics said 37-year-old mom Sindi Mafu’s EKG was normal and her chest pain wasn’t heart-related given her age and lack of risk factors. Turns out, she had a rare kind of heart attack.
Cardiac arrest kept Dr. Kevin Volpp’s heart from beating for 14 minutes. He’s fine now thanks to high-quality CPR, an AED and more. He’s sharing his story to inspire people to learn lifesaving skills.
Sharon Murff’s sister recognized her slurred speech and clumsiness required immediate attention, so she called 911.
After his wife had a debilitating stroke at 34, Jacob Anderson did all he could to help his wife return home.
Doctors said the discomfort Katrien Limón experienced while exerting herself could be acid flux, trouble with her gallbladder or anxiety. Finally, she saw a cardiologist.
Heart palpitations sent Lupita Garcia to the hospital at 33 weeks pregnant. Within hours, she’d delivered her baby and doctors at one point considered putting her on the heart transplant list.
Jimmy Fremgen was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that caused the deaths of his grandfather and mother. Today, the advocate raises awareness about heart disease.
Stories From the Heart chronicles the inspiring journeys of heart disease and stroke survivors, caregivers and advocates.
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