Cat Oyler’s heart defect wasn’t discovered until she was 45. (Photo by Brett Wills) Back in her office after the New Year’s holiday, Cat Oyler, then 45, struggled to catch her breath. She felt like a heavy weight was sitting on her chest. She could take only a fraction of a normal breath, unable to…

AHA chairman of the board Jim Postl. As chairman of the board of the American Heart Association, Jim Postl relies on a lifetime of business acumen to help the organization run smoothly. But deep down, his approach to the job is intensely personal. Fifty-two years ago, his father died suddenly of a heart attack at…

Dr. Ivor Benjamin completes his term as American Heart Association president on July 1. Even on a golf course – decked out in knickers, cardigan and matching cap – Dr. Ivor J. Benjamin is a classic. “When I met him over two decades ago, I was immediately impressed by his engaging personality, compassion and old-school…

David Spina, recipient of the American Heart Association’s Gold Heart Award for outstanding volunteer service, with wife Stevie. (Photo courtesy of David Spina) Fifteen years after David Spina’s life was turned upside down by a heart attack, he’s become something of an expert on change. That’s one reason he’s passionate about supporting the American Heart…

(Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library, Getty Images) The diagnosis of a serious heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy often can lead doctors to run genetic tests that help determine whether the disease stems from a faulty gene. But a group of researchers wondered: What if they reversed the process and first looked for the faulty genes?…

Bertram L. Scott, the American Heart Association’s chairman of the board. Bertram L. Scott’s meteoric rise in health care leadership was hardly a calculated move. He said he “stumbled” into the industry while attending DePaul University on a tuition reimbursement plan that had him selling health benefits to corporations. “I went through a management program…

Dr. Robert Harrington is the American Heart Association’s incoming president. One summer day in Boston, Arthur Gatti showed up for a roofing job with four bundles of shingles, a ladder and his teenage grandson Robert Harrington. Gatti tilted the ladder against the house, hoisted a bundle over each shoulder and began climbing. “Grab the other…

Dr. Elliott Antman will receive the American Heart Association’s Gold Heart Award for more than 40 years of service.  In the spring of 1973, Dr. Elliott Antman was a medical student working in the lab at Columbia University when his pharmacology professor slipped him a piece of paper. It was an application to submit his…

The idea of using a person’s entire DNA sequence to predict heart disease got a boost from a new study that successfully used the method. The study used a genetic assessment called a polygenic risk score, or PRS, which looks at many variations in DNA that influence disease. Use of polygenic risk scores is considered…

(nito103, DepositPhotos) Medical therapy has transformed HIV from a terminal illness into a chronic, manageable condition. But as people with HIV live longer, they also find themselves at higher risk for heart attack, stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease. A new American Heart Association report hopes to raise awareness about that connection, along with…