DABO NAMED 2018 PAUL “BEAR” BRYANT COACH OF THE YEAR

Coach Dabo Swinney took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 33rd annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation Wednesday. Swinney is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to win the award three times. The first to also win the award in consecutive years—2015 and 2016—Swinney has led Clemson to eight straight seasons of at least 10 wins, along with five ACC titles, seven ACC Atlantic Division titles and 11 straight bowl appearances since 2008. Dabo Swinney’s 11 seasons as Clemson head coach have propelled him [...]

Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony

High school baseball player, Johnny Oates, overcame a fatal heart condition. The American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards tonight at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.  Two special Virginians will be honored during the ceremony and dinner:  Coach Frank Beamer and standout teen athlete and heart survivor, Johnny Oates, from Chester, Virginia. Frank Beamer will be in attendance and receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.  Beamer coached the Virginia Tech Hokies for 29 years, retiring in 2015. “I am honored to share my story at the Paul Bear [...]

Stroke Survivor’s Mom Saves Her Life By Knowing F.A.S.T.

Sylvia May recalls the day clearly. At 21-years-old, she woke up on a typical Friday morning and headed to her job with the Air Force working on fighter planes. Her day began with an inconvenient headache; however, this was the first sign of an impending stroke. Throughout the work day, Sylvia’s headache persisted. Along with this, she began hearing a ringing noise, which she could not tune out.  As a young and committed worker, Sylvia took some medicine for the headache and went on with her day, knowing she also had a softball game to play later. Following the hard-played [...]

Local Health Systems in Richmond, VA Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services as leaders in their national initiative, called Target: BP,  to get people’s blood pressure under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes each year. Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists achieved Gold status, while VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services achieved Participant status recognition. “Blood pressure control has and will continue to be a health priority in our community, “ says Michelle Nostheide, Executive Director for the American Heart Association in Greater Richmond.  [...]

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 thought that I would live to see my grandchildren graduate from elementary school, but now I look forward to seeing them graduate from college.  And being able to do that with the love of my life, Patty, makes it even [...]

Why learning Hands-Only CPR is the best gift you can give your loved ones

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and as one study reports, the holiday season is prime time for them to occur as cardiac arrest deaths are 33% higher in December and January starting around Thanksgiving.  The stats are staggering but there is something we can all do to help. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person's chance of survival!  It only takes [...]

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