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  • Blog Post: Sen. Mark Kirk's Recovery "Excellent" After Stroke

    On January 21st, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois had a stroke at the age of 52. Only 15 weeks later, his recovery has been described as “excellent” by his doctor in an article in the Chicago Tribune . Sen. Kirk’s ongoing recovery shows how important medical research is to stroke recovery...
  • Blog Post: Our Nation Must Do More to Shut Down the Pipeline of New Smokers, Says AHA CEO Nancy Brown

    Washington, D.C., Mar. 8, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new report, “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults,” released today by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D.: “The Surgeon General has done her...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Safe Routes to School

    Today, more than a dozen advocates from across the country flew in to Washington D.C. to meet with their Representatives and Senators and urge them to include Safe Routes to School program funding in the pending transportation bill. The timing of these visits could not have been more crucial, as both...
  • Blog Post: Caution: Walking to school may be hazardous to your health

    Today’s a big day in our push to help save Safe Routes to School! We’re blitzing Congress with face-to-face visits by advocates and we’re running an ad in Politico to urge our nation’s legislators to “give America’s kids the right of way to a healthy life” by...
  • Blog Post: 13 Year-Old Advocate Talks about his White House Experience

    13 year old You’re the Cure advocate Emery Miller talked to his local news station about his experience at the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health on February 24th. Emery was born with a congenital heart defect and has had four open heart surgeries since birth. He is...
  • Blog Post: White House Leaders Briefing Wrap-Up Video

    On February 24th, 70 American Heart Association volunteers descended into Washington, D.C. to meet with top Obama Administration officials to discuss cardiovascular health in their communities. This Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health was an once-in-a-lifetime event for many advocates...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Nancy Brown’s Statement on Latest Court Ruling on Tobacco Warning Labels

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 29, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco warning labels are unconstitutional: “Today’s district...
  • Blog Post: White House Community Leaders Briefing Recap!

    The American Heart Association’s advocacy volunteers are called You’re the Cure advocates for a reason. On February 24 th , 70 outstanding volunteers brought their passion, stories, and expertise to the White House for the Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health. This special...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from White House Town Hall

    You’re the Cure advocates and AHA volunteers have had an exciting day participating in the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health on February 24, 2012. During the town hall session led by Director of Public Engagement, Jon Carson, some very powerful stories were shared...
  • Blog Post: You’re Invited to the White House- Virtually!

    Friday, February 24th is the big day for the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health and we want you to be in on all of the action! The White House will be live streaming the event from 9:00am to 12:00pm EST and you can tune in to hear from top Administration officials about the...
  • Blog Post: Nearly 50,000 with Pre-Existing Conditions Covered Under Health Reform Law

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report today finding that the Pre-Exisiting Condition Insurance Plans (PCIP) created under the Affordable Care Act will enroll close to 50,000 people. These PCIPs help those Americans who are barred from private insurance do to a pre-existing...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Volunteer Briefs Local Media before White House Visit

    Minnesota You’re the Cure advocate Stevie Nelson stopped by a local news station and told his story about surving a stroke and his upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. for the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health . After surviving a stroke, Nelson found a new life mission...
  • Blog Post: Three You’re the Cure Advocates Go to the Media to Talk about Heart Attacks in Women

    Three You’re the Cure advocates were recently highlighted in two ABC News spots talking about a recent study that showed younger women who have heart attacks do not always experience chest pain during the event and the attack can be more deadly as a result. Gail Harris-Berry was profiled on...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Volunteers Head to the White House

    On February 24 th , 70 American Heart Association volunteers will be coming to Washington, DC to attend the White House Community Leaders Briefing on Cardiovascular Health . This special event brings Administration officials together with heart disease and stroke survivors and caregivers, medical professionals...
  • Blog Post: AHA Files Joint Amicus Brief to Supreme Court

    The nation’s leading groups representing patients and families living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke jointly filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical for people with life-threatening chronic diseases...
  • Blog Post: All Americans Will Bear the Pain of Prevention Fund Cut, Says AHA CEO

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the payroll tax extension legislation, approved today by Congress, which includes a 30 percent cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund: “By diverting crucial dollars away from the Prevention and Public Health Fund...
  • Blog Post: Postal Service Unveils Heart Health Stamp

    History was made today. Right in the midst of American Heart Month, the United States Postal Service unveiled a new Heart Health Forever® stamp during a commemorative ceremony in Washington, DC. The stamp was designed to help raise awareness of the nation’s No. 1 killer, heart disease. Since...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry Screening: Simple Heart Test that Could Save Newborns’ Lives

    Today marks the beginning of Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week —a great time to draw attention to a non-invasive screening test that helps identify newborns at risk for heart defects and potentially saves their lives. The test, pulse oximetry, or pulse ox, consists of sensors placed on a...
  • Blog Post: A Heart Month Push for Prevention

    Heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease are leading killers in every state, but proven prevention programs can save countless lives. Sadly, many states don’t have the money they need to help people prevent these diseases. An increase in funding for the Centers for Disease...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! NC Youth Advocates Discuss Prevention with Surgeon General

    When U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin visited North Carolina on January 27th, our You’re the Cure youth advocates were ready to talk prevention with “America’s Doctor”. The Surgeon General, who was in the state to promote the National Prevention Strategy, participated in a...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: State of Women’s Heart Health Webinar Recording

    The archive of the 2nd annual State of Women’s Heart Health webinar, held on February 1st, is now available. Click here to access the call recording and slides. The American Heart Association and WomenHeart were thrilled to be joined by some of our nation’s leading health experts and inspirational...
  • Blog Post: Secretary Sebelius Recognizes American Heart Month

    To mark the start of American Heart Month, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement today. “The Department of Health and Human Services is working with both public and private partners to raise awareness of heart disease through vital research investments...
  • Blog Post: Heart Month Presidential Proclamation

    On January 31st, President Obama signed a promclamation declaring Febrauary 2012 as American Heart Month. In addition to urging all Americans to take the steps nessary to reduce their risk of cardiovacular disease, the President encouraged men and women across the country to observe National Wear Red...
  • Blog Post: USDA Releases New School Meal Nutrition Standards

    Washington, D.C. — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the release of the final nutrition standards for school meals announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack: “For the first time in a generation, America’s...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendars!

    National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3rd and we want to make sure you are ready to raise awareness in a big way! In addition to sporting your favorite red attire that day, you can organize Wear Red Day activities in your community or workplace. Visit the Wear Red Day hub to find local events, to...