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Share Your Story: Sally M.

Sally, Montana Shortness of breath, insomnia, and headaches. At 34 years old I wasn't sure what was going on, but it continued to get worse. When I was finally diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, the cardiologists confirmed that I have...

Share Your Story: Steve F.

Steve, Idaho On May 22, 2010 I suffered a stroke. I was helping my mother- and father-in-law move into their new home across the street when I started to feel different. I went to walk back to my house and...

Share Your Story: Tracey Kennedy

Tracey Kennedy Rhode Island In 1991, at 28 years of age and 6 months pregnant, I experienced a stroke causing blindness in my left eye for a period of 3 years. The cause - a hole in my heart. I was...

Share Your Story: Melissa A.

My 15 year old daughter was a perfectly healthy, typical child who survived a stroke nine years ago caused from chicken pox. This is pretty rare and does not happen often in children. Maggie couldn't walk or even hold her head...

Share Your Story: Julie

Julie, Alaska I was born with a hole in my heart.  At school, I was unable to participate in P.E. without a doctor’s note. Each time I did a strenuous activity, I could feel my heart rapidly beating. I was...

Share Your Story: Margaret R.

Margaret, Alaska I decided to have a complete physical after feeling shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, chronic cold and sinus symptoms, and heart palpitations. During my physical the doctors found I had mitral valve regurgitation. Within four months of my...

Anne Howell

I inherited a condition from my mother known as cardiomyopathy. I have an enlarged left ventricle that pumps inefficiently causing irregular and life threatening rhythms. 

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Share Your Story: April Zelenka

April Zelenka  Wisconsin I was just 14 when I first had an episode of Long QT Syndrome. After I lost consciousness when answering the telephone, I spent three days in the hospital and underwent many tests. Doctors finally confirmed I...

Share Your Story: Ronna Kratzer

Ronna Kratzer California The AHA has been a part of my life and many of my family members' lives from birth. As of today, we have 14 family members that have been born with Congenital Heart Defects. Without funding for...

Share Your Story: Olivia Q

Olivia Q Winthrop, MA More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym in an East Boston school when six-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the...