Get the beat: Our heart health coverage goes local

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Inside scoop: Using a model of a heart, cardiologist Kais Yehyawi, M.D. (left), on staff at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, shows patient and Merillville resident Algird Galinis its inner parts, including the valves and how he was able to repair Galinis's aorta during his recent procedure. | Supplied photo

It may be February, but every month is Heart Month when it comes to the health of our loved ones. Find heartwarming stories of survivors in your community, local health tips and much more by following the links or headlines below.

CHICAGO: Atop the Hancock, couple meets again the heart they loved A Westchester girl grows up with severe heart disease, and at last receives a new heart. Her new lease on life was possible because another young girl had died. Not many organ recipients meet the family of their donor, but she did, and the grieving parents were able to listen to their daughter's still-beating heart with a stethoscope.

NORTH SUBURBS: Survivor's healing continues through Mended Hearts support group That was no "pulled muscle" back in 1998. But fortunately Ron Vicek of Arlington Heights paid attention to his symptoms and survived his first heart attack. Two attacks later, Vicek has turned his fear into action,and heads the local chapter of Mended Hearts.

WEST SUBURBS: New technology, programs lead the fight against heart disease Prevention is worth its weight in gold, says Dr. Courtney Virgilio, Medical Director of Non-invasive Cardiac Diagnostics at Rush Copley, Aurora. Rush Copley has a nationally accredited women’s center, dedicated to women and cardiac issues.

SOUTH SUBURBS: Woman's 'indigestion' a timely cautionary tale about heart health If you think a heart attack is signalled by chest pain, Margaret O'Malley is (still) here to tell you that it might feel like indigestion. Because she went quickly to Little Company of Mary Hospital, she got a stent within 40 minutes.

NW INDIANA: Former Gary cop saved from 'silent killer' A previous heart attack probably saved Algird Galinis' life. While seeing his heart doctor for a follow-up, the physician found that Galinas had a bulging abdominal aortic aneurysm. When an AAA bursts, death usually follows soon after.