Kim Leo, Pennsylvania
A little over ten months ago, I suffered a massive heart attack. It was one week to the day of my 47th birthday, one that I almost didn’t have the chance to celebrate. Other than taking medication for hypertension, I was considered to be in great health. My daily routine included at least 30 minutes of cardio activity. I ate a very healthy diet and was a non-smoker.
Don Bernhagen is Why
Two months after suffering a cardiac arrest, I was alive to welcome my first grandchild to the world. Three years ago while working at my job in construction at a local school, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest and slumped to the floor.
hero_image_alt_text===Picture of Don Bernhagen
thumbnail_alt_text===Picture of Don Bernhagen
bottom_action===Picture of Don Bernhagen
Bruce Adkins, West Virginia
OK… I had lost 30 pounds, was walking, exercising daily, and was getting fitter… I had even just been to Alaska and done a mountain hike the week prior, and attended a Cincinnati Reds game with my family (and walked several miles just 3 days before on my 59th birthday)!!
Elise Baldacci, Maine
Tamara Claycomb, Pennsylvania
On September 5, 2010 my family’s life was changed forever by cardiovascular disease. My husband was a long time basketball coach, active golfer, and constantly working at things around and in the house. He had just had a full medical checkup with normal lab results. He was feeling “funny” that day and collapsed in our living room from a heart attack. I called 911 and began CPR. We have no local ambulance service in our rural town and it was over 50 minutes until they arrived. It was too late.
Share Your Story: The Thomas Family from Syracuse
Laurie Heavener, New Jersey
Bruce Hoffman, Connecticut
Share Your Story: Shandra Printer & Annmarie Hanson
Ashley and Crystal Hosey, Pennsylvania
Crystal Hosey is an energetic and delightful 4-year-old who was born with a heart defect. At first, the hospital pediatrician thought she had a heart murmur, but at Crystal’s one week checkup with her regular pediatrician he thought it was something more serious. After testing, it was determined that Crystal was born with only three of her four heart valves. She underwent her first surgery in July of 2007. Doctors put a conduit (a small tube like piece of plastic) in her heart to replace the valve that was missing. This is a temporary fix and as Crystal grows the conduit will not grow with her, so she will continue to need surgeries.