He thought it was heartburn, but TV news director Eric Olsen was having a heart attack. (Photo courtesy of Eric Olsen) Eric Olsen’s energy was lacking. His mother thought he sounded tired on the phone. A work colleague noticed he didn’t seem like himself. Then he found himself doubled over in his kitchen, gripping the…

Nurse Donulaé Knuckles survived a stroke, and it fueled her to take her career to the next level. (Photo courtesy of Donulaé Knuckles) Because of her last name, Donulaé Knuckles has long answered to “Nurse Knuckles.” Yet the grit and determination the name conjures fits, too. Raised by a single mom in Detroit, she prioritized…

Heart disease survivor Abrielle Tallquist with the family’s puppy, Liberty. (Photo courtesy of the Tallquist family) Jennifer and Patrick Tallquist were resting peacefully with their 1-day-old daughter Abrielle when a nurse entered their hospital room to give the newborn a test. The nurse hooked up 6-pound “Abbi” to a monitor that checked her heartbeat. Minutes later,…

Rev. Eddie Woods went from feeling healthy to needing a heart transplant – all during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of City Point Church) On the Friday before Mother’s Day, the Rev. Eddie Woods did his best to hide his discomfort. Short of breath and lightheaded, he didn’t want his wife, Julie, to notice. He…

Kendel Christoff became the fourth generation of women in her family to have a heart attack. (Photo courtesy of Kendel Christoff) In Hubbard, Ohio, a truck-stop town off Interstate 80, Kendel Christoff had her pick of fast food. One day for lunch, she downed a double cheeseburger with a side of nuggets. The next, it…

Meteorologist Mark Larson at KWCH in 2020. (American Heart Association) Meteorologist Mark Larson was preparing for his noon television show in Wichita, Kansas, when he started to feel foggy and fatigued. Out of nowhere, sharp pain stabbed the inside of his left elbow. He knew he was in no shape to appear on air and…

Heart attack survivor Roslyn Harvey was featured in the 2020 St. Louis Go Red for Women campaign. (Photo by Mena Darre Photography) At her new job as a nurse at a college in St. Louis, Roslyn Harvey spent most of her day sitting at a desk. So, when she felt breathless walking across campus or…

Alicia Bravo helped her community raise money for a chest compression system, and a year later it saved her life. (American Heart Association) When Alicia Bravo saw the EMS service in her childhood hometown was holding a 5K race to raise money for a mechanical chest compression system, she signed up right away. As an…

Ashli Stewart survived a life-threatening heart condition and is now an advocate for heart disease awareness. (American Heart Association) Ever since Ashli Stewart was a kid, people have told her that she’s old at heart. Raised by a single mother, Stewart often made dinner and helped her little brother with his homework. Today, as a…

Jane Herndon survived a genetic heart condition and a heart transplant. So did her sister, Anne. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ray) Jane Herndon and her family share an unusually close bond, forged through tragedy and triumphs. Their difficult journey began when Jane and her three sisters were in their teens and early 20s. Their mother,…