Dennis Popp’s Story

I never imagined the toll heart disease would have on my life.  I had a stroke in 2000, a heart attack in 2004 and was in complete heart failure in 2013.  Medical advances have helped to keep me alive for years, but it was a heart transplant in 2017 that has given me new life.  At age 45, I never [...]

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, Richmond, Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments

Infant Born with Multiple Heart Defects Now Thriving at Age Three

Four months pregnant with her second child, Nykia Ward walked into her doctor’s office eager to learn the sex of her baby during her appointment that day. After the joy of discovering she was carrying a girl that she would name Kaycee, the doctor presented her with some concerning information. A bright spot appeared on Kaycee’s heart during the ultrasound. [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Categories: Congenital Heart Defects, Survivor Stories, Virginia|4 Comments

American Heart Association Team Member and Survivor Receives Award for Outstanding Fundraising

Midlands, SC - On Thursday, October 18, Lizzie Smith, Executive Assistant in the Midlands AHA office, was named 2018 Outstanding Rising Star by the Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Central Carolina Chapter. Lizzie received this award because of her lifelong passion for promoting and supporting heart health.  As a survivor of a congenital heart defect and open-heart surgery at the [...]

By |October 19th, 2018|Categories: South Carolina, Survivor Stories|0 Comments

Survivor Story – Jay Lambert

Richmond, VA - On January 30, 2015, Jay Lambert was enjoying his Friday evening before planning on going into work the following morning. What Jay expected to be an ordinary night, however, resulted in Jay waking up three days later at a hospital. “My life was changed forever when I felt this excruciating pain in my head and within a [...]

By |September 28th, 2018|Categories: Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|Tags: , |4 Comments

Survivor Story – Malissa Bradshaw

While working out at the gym six years ago, I felt a pop in my head and developed a sudden and severe headache.  I had what would be the first of three strokes within a couple of weeks caused by a ruptured aneurysm.  I was only 25 years old. The second stroke caused the left side of my body to [...]

By |August 30th, 2018|Categories: Go Red For Women, Survivor Stories, Virginia|3 Comments

Teacher Copes with Newly Diagnosed Heart-Stopping Condition

On November 7, 2017, Elisheva Marks was in line to board a plane back to her hometown of Boston. The teacher was excited to return home after beginning a new job the week earlier. Unfortunately, Elisheva never made it home that day. Without warning, her heart stopped beating, and she went into cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she received bystander CPR at [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments

Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country. Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack survivor story at the Baltimore Go Red For Women Luncheon [...]

RVA Heart Sisters Spread Awareness About High Blood Pressure

Eight years ago, Tina Johnson learned she had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic during a routine physical.  “I was eating fast food and drinking sodas several times a week,” said the former VCU track athlete. The doctor said, “I could put you on medication, but I’m not going to.  I’m giving you three months to get your health in [...]

Stroke Survivor and Mom Raises Awareness this Mother’s Day

My name is Ashley Slate McGuire, and I am 33 years old. I was born in Fairfax, Va. and grew up in Richmond. I never dreamed I would be dealing with a stroke at the age of 19. I had no idea what caused a stroke or what signs to even look for. However, I knew my grandfather (who was [...]

By |May 9th, 2018|Categories: Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|1 Comment

VCU Child Care Worker Recieves Heartsaver Hero Award

Stephanie and her daughter Evie On Feb. 22, 2018, Earlena Foskey, a childcare provider at VCU Health Child Care Center, administered CPR to Evie Louka, a 13-month old who became unconscious and unresponsive while in her classroom. Thanks to this heroic act, Evie is alive and doing very well. During a surprise award ceremony at the child care [...]

By |April 12th, 2018|Categories: CPR, Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments