It was time to climb the mountain before me

The Heart Princess of the 2016 Capital Region Heart Walk, Eliana, was born in the fall of 2008. Here’s her story, told from her perspective. Leah, Eliana and Chad Clem I had been growing in my mommy’s tummy just fine until I was 20 weeks gestation when all of a sudden my mom had to keep going for [...]

By |February 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

He loves helping others

Patrick Buffaline Patrick was born prematurely at 32 weeks. We were told he would just need to learn to eat and breathe on his own and then he could go home. Two days later the news came that they heard something abnormal and called in the cardiologist. At that time the nurse said we would need to meet [...]

By |February 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I remember everything

Ethan Byron My mom has told me about what I was like when I was born. I was born with a heart defect where I had a large hole in my heart and both my main arteries pumped blood from the same chamber.  This means my oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood would get all mixed together and my heart [...]

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Her family thought she looked blue

Hi, my name is Grace Green. I’m 14, from Latham, and I was born with a congenital heart defect.   My heart defect is called "TOF" - Tetralogy of Fallot - which none of my family knew about until 2 weeks after I was born. My memaw thought I was breathing funny which at first they thought was just a heart [...]

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our Son Ryan Is Why

On Day Two of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, Bill and Amy Galvin share some thoughts about their son Ryan. Ryan Galvin Ryan was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect even before he was born. Through the research the AHA has funded over the years, Ryan's doctors have the expertise to have been able to provide an early [...]

By |February 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

My Son – My Hero

Jennifer Corcoran Conway shares her story of being the mother of a child born with a congenital heart defect, 5-year-old Aedan. Your baby has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and if he doesn’t have open heart surgery in his first week of life, he will die.   These are the words that stopped my world spinning [...]

By |February 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Three hospital executives receive Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award

Dr. Steven Frisch The American Heart Association announces that Steven Frisch, M.D., senior executive vice president for the Integrated Delivery System at Albany Medical Center; Angelo Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital; and Jay Cahalan, president and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health, will receive the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award at the Capital Region Heart Ball [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Little Hats Big Hearts hit the Capital Region

From left, Everett and Theresa Stewart, Dr. Sulagna Mookherjee of Albany Medical Center, and Preston Stewart, born with four congenital heart defects, at Little Hats, Big Hearts ceremony on Jan. 27. Newborns throughout the Capital Region – and nationwide -- will sport little red hats throughout February, which is American Heart Month, thanks to the generosity of people [...]

By |January 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Saratoga Veterinarian had a 10 percent chance of survival

Dr. Joy Lucas with two family members. On a Thursday - six days before she had open heart surgery - Joy Lucas, DVM, owner of Upstate Animal Medical Center, reached down to open a drawer and felt a circular pressure in the middle of her back. “It felt like a stuck vitamin,” Lucas said. Until a chiropractor visit [...]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Jennifer and Dan Pickett to co-chair 2017 Capital Region Heart Ball

  Dan and Jennifer Pickett will co-chair the 2017 Capital Region Heart Ball. As chairs of the Capital Region Heart Ball on Feb. 25, Jennifer and Dan Pickett, CEO of nfrastructure, are bringing together organizations and businesses to help improve the health of Capital Region residents.  “The American Heart Association is one of the most impactful of its [...]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments