Thankful’ volleyball girl, 17, tells of surviving heart attack!

Thankful’ volleyball girl, 17, tells of surviving heart attack!

A few days ago, most of the world did not know 17-year-old Claire Crawford.

That was before more than 12 million people watched a video of her dying and being brought back to life on a volleyball court.

The video from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Claire’s story have sparked a conversation about the life-saving importance of having automated external defibrillators at all schools. “We had two games that night. I was in a lot of pain which I was used to, because I’d been playing in pain the entire season.”

Claire had already had shoulder surgery, but the pain was still there the night of October 13th at Loganville Christian Academy. In video taken by her dad, who had set up a camera on a tripod, Claire is seen rubbing the left side of her upper chest, clearly in pain.

Julie Sirmans, the dean of the lower school at Loganville Christian and a volleyball mom herself, chokes up talking about Claire that night. “You could tell she was laboring somewhat, but Claire just has the heart of a champion, and she’s just going to keep playing.”

Eric Crawford was right there next to the court, scoring his daughter’s game. “I was sitting at the scorer’s table keeping score for the game, and I just heard a loud thud.”

Mom Lisa just remembers, “I think we just started yelling for help.”

“You had a feeling of helplessness,” Eric remembers. There were people there immediately, springing into action, going to work.


USA Today Network Jaye Watson, WXIA-TV, Atlanta 9:56 a.m. EST February 5, 2016

Young heart health linked to better overall health in later years

Maintaining a healthy heart while young may help prevent future disease and disability, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In this study spanning more than three decades, participants who were at low risk for heart and blood vessel disease when young adults were 60 percent less likely to report disability as older adults. To determine risk level, researchers used blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index measurements, as well as diabetes and smoking status.

“People should adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle at all ages,” said Thanh Huyen T. Vu, M.D., Ph.D., study lead author and research assistant professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. “It is important that healthcare providers promote a healthy lifestyle early in life for their patients, as healthy lifestyle has been shown to be associated with favorable levels of cardiovascular disease risk factors.”

Researchers correlated data from 3,669 men and 2,345 women from The Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry with the participants’ later responses to a 2003 health survey about functional disability and quality of life. Participants were aged 29-68 when the study began in 1967 to 1973.


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Flu vaccine may hold key to preventing heart disease

Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.

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Viagra could be key to treating heart disease

Viagra users could be experiencing benefits beyond the bedroom, a new study has found.

The erectile dysfunction drug could be a key treatment for heart disease because it improves

blood flow and prevents the heart from enlarging or changing shape, reveals

the study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Medicine.

By: Tara Deschamps, Published on Mon Oct 20 2014

Early Signs of Heart Disease

Looking through different articles online, I started researching the early signs of Heart Disease. I wanted to know about any symptoms that might be noticeable enough to catch right away! As I looked, I came across this great article. It stated that “Heart disease is one of the biggest health concerns we face today; it is the most common cause of death for both sexes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. High-fat, high-calorie diets and sedentary lifestyles of many people are only increasing the occurrence of heart disease. In addition to taking proactive steps, like eating healthier and getting more exercise, it can be important to watch for early signs to ensure any heart ailment is treated as quickly as possible.