Battling Congestive Heart Failure at 29: A Young Mom’s Story

A year after having her first child, Erika Abbott received a diagnosis that shocked her doctors. At 29, the active, new mom considered herself in good health however, at night she found herself struggling to breathe. Initially doctors in the city where she was living at the time believed she had bronchitis, but after months [Continue Reading]

A Father’s Heart Disease Sparks a Son’s Lifelong Commitment to Stopping the No. 1 Cause of Death

Dr. Sanjay Maniar has a childhood memory of visiting his father in the hospital and being awestruck by the team of people who were taking care of his dad following an unexpected and urgent heart bypass surgery. Dr. Maniar was only 9 years old when his dad fell ill, went to the doctor for a [Continue Reading]

“I couldn’t eat a single meal without bellowing in agony.”

This month, we’ve been bringing you a variety of heart-related stories in recognition of American Heart Month.  Today’s blog shines a light on a lesser known heart and vascular condition called Mesenteric Artery Ischemia (MAI).  It can cause severe pain for those with this rare but treatable condition. Most common in adults over age 60, [Continue Reading]

Saving Her Valentine from a Deadly ‘WidowMaker’ Heart Attack

It’s a milestone that many couples dream of achieving: 50 years of marriage. “We met at Kansas State University and got married in 1965. Since then, we’ve had plenty of joyful times like the birth of our two sons and four beautiful grandchildren. But we’ve also faced things like a miscarriage, unemployment and cancer,” says [Continue Reading]

Roger Can’t Change His Past, but He’s Working to Change His Future

Roger White is a healthier man today than he was a year ago and he has an unlikely inspiration for his newfound wellbeing:  a massive heart attack that nearly killed him. “I felt the pressure in my chest and had shortness of breath.  I called my physician’s office on a weekend and they told me [Continue Reading]

From Healthy to Heart Failure at 37: Meghan’s Story

After a series of flights around the world, Meghan Stapleton was flying back to Houston and had only had six hours left on the plane. She was making her way home from a family trip to Australia and was about to surpass 30 hours of travel. After finishing a movie, Stapleton readjusted in her seat [Continue Reading]