Marla Sewall survived a cardiac arrest in her bathtub. (Photo by Ilona Serchenko) For Marla Sewall, regular jogs are an important part of her routine. At 52, it helps her maintain her physical and mental health. “It makes me feel good,” she said. In addition to her regular outings near her home in the Dallas…

After ignoring troubling symptoms and test results for more than a decade, TV news reporter and endurance athlete Erin Ivory was diagnosed with heart failure. (Photo by Amy Aiello) As TV reporter Mike Lowe ran the Lifetime Chicago Triathlon in August, he heard shouts of, “Do it for Erin!” Lowe was running in honor of…

Katherine Romano went to the hospital with back and arm pain, nausea and other symptoms. (Photo courtesy of Katherine Romano) Last October, Katherine Romano was cleaning her house when her neck started to hurt. She kept going, trying to complete her chores, until the pain shifted to her upper back. “It was so terrible, it…

After surviving a stroke in 2014, Patrick Wright now goes to the gym regularly and follows a healthy diet. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Ates) Patrick Wright was back home after ringing in the new year with family and friends at his grandmother’s house. Around 2:30 a.m., he woke up to go to the bathroom. He…

LeCount Holmes overcame atrial fibrillation and COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of Dianne Holmes) About a month into the COVID-19 pandemic, LeCount Holmes saw on television that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was within a mile of his house for a big announcement. Because Prince George’s County was one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus, a…

Stroke survivor Pamela Anderson Bowen experienced a rare side effect caused by a rewiring in the brain. (Photo courtesy of Pamela Anderson Bowen) Most people Pamela Anderson Bowen meets wonder about her accent. Sometimes they try to guess the origin. Maybe Russia? What about Sweden? “I’m from here,” the North Carolina resident will answer. Then…

Heart attack survivor Renick Blosser with his surgeon, Dr. Grace Ayafor. (Photo courtesy of Renick Blosser) On a frigid morning this February, 44-year-old Renick Blosser set out on his typical Saturday routine. He grabbed a cup of coffee and took his dogs for a walk in the snow near his home in suburban Akron, Ohio….

Dr. Dipika Aggarwal survived stage 4 colon cancer and a stroke. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Dipika Aggarwal) Dr. Dipika Aggarwal sat in a Kansas City, Kansas, diner on a Tuesday afternoon two years ago sipping coffee and enjoying a mushroom omelet and toast. Only a month before, the neurologist had returned to work after going…

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy survivor Alison Conklin. (Photo courtesy of Alison Conklin) At 13, Alison Conklin passed out while playing in a basketball tournament. When she collapsed again during a competitive game of floor hockey, her mother took her to see a cardiologist. An echocardiogram of Alison’s heart showed the wall between the two bottom chambers of…

Lisa Wiles (right) helped save her husband, Dan, by performing CPR. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Wiles) Lisa Wiles was in the kitchen prepping dinner in April 2020 when she heard her husband, Dan, shout an expletive from the other room. She figured it was a reaction to the news. Still, she went to check on…