My husband, Ray and I were expecting our second child. We were full of excitement and couldn't wait to introduce our little one to his big brother, Hayden. Hayden was three at the time. Rylan was born on Monday, October 6th weighing 9lbs - 1 ounce at Waterbury Hospital. He had a 9.9 APGAR (which measures a newborn’s health from [...]
Combined smaller doses of blood pressure medications may be effective with fewer side effects than standard single doses, according to preliminary research. In the first review to compare quarter-dose therapy to standard dose and placebo, researchers found that two medications in combination was just as effective as one standard dose of blood pressure-lowering medication. They also found that four medications [...]
Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery stores, farmers markets and local gardens. That means more opportunities to add tasty and heart-healthy foods to your everyday meals. Strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe and other seasonal produce taste good and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. About one in three American kids and teens are overweight [...]
Christine couldn’t believe she was having a heart attack. She was too young. But her heart stopped four times and she credits the quick action of the healthcare providers who performed CPR. Here is Christine’s story.
I'm 38 now. Single. I live in Stamford CT. I grew up in Westchester County, graduated from Stanford University and have lived a lot of lives between Manhattan, Chicago & Charlotte. I'm the Marketing Director for a restaurant group and I'm an independent consultant and team leader with a premium anti-age skincare company (Rodan + Fields). My father says, if [...]
Stacy-Ann was unaware she had rheumatic heart disease until she was 29 and pregnant. She later had two open heart surgeries and will eventually have another. Here is Stacy-Ann’s story.
I was unaware of my rheumatic heart disease until I was 29 years old on pregnant. I went into heart failure while pregnant as a result of my undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease. My reported symptoms including shortness of breath, weight gain, swollen fluid filled feet, trouble sleeping were all dismissed as typical pregnancy symptoms. Unfortunately that was not the case. [...]
Kim learned the signs of stroke when her children participated in Jump Rope For Heart. So when she couldn’t speak or use her right hand, she knew she needed help right away. Kim called 911 immediately and today she runs Marathons. Here is Kim’s story.
May 26, 2015, I woke up like any other day. I was 3 months out from running the marathon in Pennsylvania to qualify for The Boston Marathon 2016. My children had been participating in Jump Rope for Heart for 6 years as a school fundraiser. About 30 minutes after waking up, I felt numbness in my hand and face. I [...]
While at church, Barbara had a massive stroke. She recovered because someone knew something was wrong and she received help immediately. Here is Barbara’s story.
In July, 2012, I was at church and we had just finished communion. I was walking back to my seat and walked by my husband and said "I don't feel too good". He told me to sit down for a minute. I sat down and not even five minutes later, my left leg started to feel numb. When my husband [...]
At the age of 28, Vanessa’s heart stopped and was saved with CPR. Diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome she now wears lifesaving technology and urges others to know their risks. Here is Vanessa’s story.
Vanessa Lloyd, 28, was home in Hartford alone with her 2-year-old daughter when she kept fainting. To be safe, she called her mother to drive her to the Emergency Department at UConn John Dempsey Hospital. But as their car pulled up to the ED’s entrance Vanessa passed out again right there. Her mother ran into the ED for help and [...]
Sandi’s daughter Shelby was born with a congenital heart defect and required open heart surgery at just one week old to connect her heart and lung. Here is Shelby’s story, told by her mom.
My daughter is “Why I Go Red”. My daughter, who is now 13, was born with a heart defect. It took the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center pediatric cardiology team a week to figure out what the issue was. It was a very long week for sure. I clearly remember walking into the NICU and seeing several members of the cardiology [...]
Julie knew something was wrong and persisted over the years to get checked out. She was found to have a rare heart condition. Here is Julies Story.
I had always lived a very active lifestyle. I ran track all through high school and for a PAC-10 college, and lettered in basketball and volleyball. I was a very competitive skier and at 45 qualified to ski at Nationals, for my age division, at Steamboat Springs. I hiked, I biked, I ran, you name it .....l did it . [...]