November 19, 2018
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Real People. Real Stories.

Tucker Publishing Group staff members talk about how the No. 1 killing disease is impacting them

At Tucker Publishing Group, almost every one of us has a story relating to a family member or a friend who has suffered from multiple heart attacks, a quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery, or a congenital heart defect.

Tucker Publishing Group: Left to right: Hannah Jay, Todd Tucker, Victoria Grabner, Jennifer Rhoades, Heather Gray, Emily Patton, Krista McDonald, Kristen K. Tucker, Laura Mathis, Jessica Hoffman, and Katelyn Phillips. Not pictured: Nick Hebebrand, Sara Short

Hannah Jay: “My grandparents on both sides of my family have or had heart problems.”

Emily Patton: “My maternal grandparents have both been affected by heart disease. My grandfather had to have a quintuple bypass surgery and my grandmother had to have a double bypass.”

Jennifer Rhoades: “My maternal grandmother suffered from diabetic heart disease.”

Jessica Hoffman: “My grandma had a heart attack.”

Katelyn Phillips: “My friend’s 18-month-old son has a congenital heart defect. He has had numerous heart surgeries since his birth, and my step-father had a heart attack in 1999.”

Krista McDonald: “In March 2012, my boyfriend’s father had quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery. He has a family history of heart problems; his grandfather died of a heart attack.”

Kristen Tucker: “My dad died from a heart attack at age 44, when I was 14.”

Laura Mathis: “My husband Mark had a stent put in his heart when he suffered a near heart attack 13 years ago at the age of 39.”

Nick Hebebrand: “My grandpa has had three heart attacks. The most recent one happened when I was 8 years old, so I didn’t really understand the seriousness of it. I just wanted to be the one to call 9-1-1.”

Todd Tucker: “Heart disease in my family meant I never met my wife of 25 years’ father and my boys never met their grandfather.”

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