hidden Survivor Story – Malissa Bradshaw

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

hidden Teacher Copes with Newly Diagnosed Heart-Stopping Condition

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,

hidden Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

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

hidden RVA Heart Sisters Spread Awareness About High Blood Pressure

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

hidden VCU Child Care Worker Recieves Heartsaver Hero Award

VCU Child Care Worker Recieves Heartsaver Hero Award

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 center, Michelle

hidden Richmond Luncheon Speaker Receives New Heart!

Richmond Luncheon Speaker Receives New Heart!

At the Richmond Go Red for Women luncheon on February 23, 2018, Amber Eck moved the audience with her incredible story of how a case of pneumonia at age 20 attacked her heart, ultimately developing into advance heart failure.  For nearly 3 years, an LVAD (left ventricular assistance device) has been helping Amber’s failing heart

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Survivor Spotlight: Pauline Meyer   In 2016, Pauline Meyer suffered cardiac arrest after her heart unexpectedly malfunctioned and stopped beating in her sleep.  “Nothing, I don’t remember anything” Pauline said.  Pauline’s husband, Travis, noticed that she was cold to the touch and immediately started performing hands-only CPR.  Their daughter Hayley also jumped in and performed CPR

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Columbia, SC Survivor Spotlight – Bob Coble

On April 15, 2015 former Mayor of Columbia, Bob Coble, collapsed at the South Carolina State House.  He didn’t know it at the time, but he was having a heart attack- the widowmaker. Bystanders were quick to respond, started CPR, and accessed the AED. After 6 bypass surgeries, he is now an active volunteer for

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Survivor Spotlight: Myles

Meet Myles, a smiley one-year-old from Harrisonburg, who survived a heart attack caused by Kawasaki Disease. Myles’ video debuted at the Charlottesville Heart Ball on April 1. Though relatively common, the illness is very hard to diagnose and is characterized by several symptoms including: fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, irritation and redness