Maizy Ferrell had a congenital heart defect that led to open-heart surgery as a baby. (Photo courtesy of Traci Poore) In this day of over-the-top, gender-reveal parties, Traci Poore was different. She and her first husband didn’t want to know whether they were having a boy or a girl. They didn’t find out with their…

Mike Wigal (right) with his wife, Kathy. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wigal) Just before Mike Wigal was put under for arthroscopic knee surgery, the anesthesiologist stopped the procedure. He needed to check something he saw on a heart monitor. After the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon told Wigal that he hadn’t found anything wrong inside the…

Play without Auto-Play Play Video Text A little after 9 p.m. on a Friday in July, Dr. Kevin Volpp arrived at a restaurant in Cincinnati with his 15-year-old daughter Daphne, her squash coach and some friends. Everyone was tired and eager for a good meal. Daphne was coming off her second long, intense match of…

Eddie deRoulet has logged more than 18,000 miles and counting since his stroke in 2016. (Photo courtesy of Janice deRoulet) Eddie deRoulet never was the type to let others do things for him. Not in his years as a Marine and not in his subsequent career helping others. Then a stroke left him compromised on…

Stroke survivor Brady Johnson turned to bodybuilding to help him lose weight. (Photo courtesy of Liquid Spectrum) His headaches were getting worse, but R. Brady Johnson kept running. Running was his release, first while he was an active senior airman in the U.S. Air Force and later in the Air National Guard reserve force. One…

Melanie Falcon didn’t know she had a congenital heart defect – until an infection required emergency open-heart surgery. (Photo by Alison Conklin Photography) On the first crisp day of fall, Melanie Falcon went for a run in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She returned home feeling more worn out than usual. In the days that followed, Falcon –…

Heart failure survivor Darlene Anita Scott. (Photo by Lechele Jackson) When Darlene Anita Scott started experiencing shortness of breath at age 41, her first worry was how it would affect her running. In her 20s, she was a frequent gym-goer who loved spin classes. Running arrived in her 30s after Scott, a poet and creative…

Mandy Marquardt at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Canada. (Photo by USA Cycling/Casey B. Gibson) Mandy Marquardt spends her days training and racing furiously around a velodrome. She’s a track sprint cyclist, and by age 16, she already was winning medals in junior events when a routine checkup revealed high blood glucose….

Lowell Chase had a heart murmur caused by a leaky heart valve. (Photo by Cindy Wilson) A lifelong athlete who rowed for Brown University and enjoyed the occasional cycling road race, New York City attorney Lowell Chase thought of himself as nearly invincible. So when a routine physical in his late 20s revealed a heart…

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…