Holly_Stu NewsHolly Morrell has a truly heart-warming tale to tell

Holly Morrell has a loving and compassionate heart. But it’s defective.

In all the good ways a heart can work; in caring for others, by giving back to the community, and enriching the world with her healthy spirit, Holly’s on top of the world. But in all the bad ways a heart can be broken, literally, that’s in her chest too.

Before she was born, people considered it a shame that her father’s mother had died so young. Even when her father’s sister died at the age of three, it was just one of those tragic things that happen. Thirty years ago the medical world considered cardiac arrest as a relationship to lifestyle, activity, or medication.

But when Holly’s father, Chuck Morrell, was 57 years old he required a heart transplant, and then two of Chuck’s twin brother’s children died. One survived a full cardiac arrest at the age of 14.

Finally, cardiologists at the National Institute of Health identified the genetic component doing its dirty work.

The Morrrell’s have suffered the loss of six of their 11 family members due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Today, two live with devices implanted in their chests to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, and one received a heart transplant in 2010, as Holly’s father did in 1995.

“Unmasking a Silent Killer”
The Laguna Beach Independent
February 19, 2012

Jennifer Gustafson will always remember June 1. A letter arrived that day saying that a recent medical tests her daughter Dillon had taken identified a potentially fatal heart defect. Moreover, the threat was considered so imminent, the letter warned, that Dillon should cease immediately any activity that could excite her heart.

Bob Dornin and Hollyy MorrellLaguna Beach Community Foundation trustee Bob Dornin greets grant recipient Holly Morrell, founder of Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, whose mission is to prevent Sudden Cardiac Death through early detection, education and increased public awareness. Heartfelt Cardiac Projects was one of 27 non-profit recipients.

cnnHeartfelt Cardiac Projects Cited in CNN Report
“Matters of the Heart”
Legacy of Sudden Death Spurs Woman’s Mission

“The Morrell Family’s Fight Against Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy”
EP Lab Digest
February 24, 2011

Holly_Stu News_021913Holly Morrell – fighting her own and others’ heart disease through her Heartfelt Cardiac Projects screening clinics

February is National Heart Month – but this story about Laguna Beach resident and heart screening activist Holly Morrell starts on July 16, 2012, when she lay unconscious on a Burbank hospital operating table for a scheduled procedure that is delicate and dangerous.

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Holly Morrell lives with a heart ailment that can kill, but if detected early, is survivable.

Nearly two years ago, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man signed up for cardiac screening at the Heartfelt Cardiac clinic in Laguna, as part of a requirement on his physical examination to become an overseas missionary. To his surprise, the tests revealed a large hole in his heart, a condition that would call for immediate medical attention and open-heart surgery.