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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...

Share Your Story: Hodge Family

On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years....

Spotlight: Survivor Olivia Quigley

Olivia Quigley Massachusetts My name is Joe Quigley. When my daughter, Olivia, was just six years old, she suffered a SCA during gym class at her school in East Boston. Two teachers who were trained in CPR immediately started to...

Share Your Story: The Hodge Family

JW & Maddie Hodge Nevada On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide...

Dana Powell

On January 1, 2012, our family began the year with the birth of our second son, Asa Heard Karchmer. Like all babies, Asa delivered love and wonder into our lives.

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