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  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • Blog Post: 50th Anniversary

    January 11th marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry's groundbreaking report on smoking and health, which first made it clear for Americans that smoking causes illness and death. The American Heart Association is very proud to have played a role in the progress we've...
  • Blog Post: Influencing Undecided Lawmakers

    What is the best way to convince a Member of Congress to support or oppose legislation important to heart and stroke patients, and who is our best messenger? Is it the request of a professional lobbyist or the voices of their constituents that matters most to those lawmakers? This second video in...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New Advocates

    It’s the New Year, which means time for setting goals and making resolutions. At You’re the Cure , we have our own resolution for 2014. We want to grow the base of advocates fighting for heart and stroke policy change. But we can’t do it alone, we need your help . There are two things...
  • Blog Post: Let's Improve the American Diet

    If something could be done to prevent over 10,000 heart attacks and over 3,000 deaths per year, shouldn’t we do it? Last fall the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action to save lives and improve the American diet by declaring industrially-produced trans fats – known as partially...
  • Blog Post: AHA Urges Lawmakers to Use Budget Act Funds for NIH Sequester Relief

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: “The American Heart Association is pleased that Congress has put aside its partisanship and...
  • Blog Post: Let's Fix the Damage

    After a rough year for medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is finally good news out of Washington! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government for two years and stop some of the funding cuts made to...
  • Blog Post: AHA Voices Support for Bipartisan Budget Deal

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the budget agreement announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.- Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.): “The proposed Ryan-Murray budget agreement takes a very positive...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Your Member of Congress

    Have you ever wondered what life is like for a Member of Congress, or if they really consider your opinion when making decisions? Check out our new video below, produced in partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), that gives you an insider look at Congressional offices and how...
  • Blog Post: Shop Heart This Holiday Season

    It's that time of year when we're all still tackling our holiday shopping list trying to think of that perfect gift for loved ones. This year consider giving a gift from the heart. "Shop Heart" and choose from gifts llike cookbooks, apparel, and accessories. You can spread the message...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Medical Research Story

    With terms like continuing resolutions, sequester and budget cuts, federal funding for medical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be very confusing (check out our latest blog post for more details!). Fortunately, the way to influence lawmakers is simple. As a You’re...
  • Blog Post: Are You One of the 9 Out of 10?

    Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium? The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is educating consumers and providing tips to decrease the sodium in your diet. You may be surprised to learn that the greatest amount of sodium in our food comes from food purchased...
  • Blog Post: Our Heartfelt Thanks

    The following message is from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association... As Thanksgiving Day approaches, my thoughts turn to all of the families together today — because of the generosity of people like you. Behind every person saved by CPR, every child who picks up a jump rope...
  • Blog Post: What is going on with the Federal budget and medical research?

    Sequester, continuing resolutions, government shutdowns, debt ceiling, and cuts. The federal budget can be very confusing, especially when it pertains to medical research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Below, we tried to explain how we got to this point by answering the questions we hear...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: 1,000 Strong

    More than 750 advocates just like you have already sent their letters requesting the Food and Drug administration eliminate menthol flavoring in cigarettes. Now we need you to help us stand 1,000 strong before the Nov. 22nd deadline. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in our country...
  • Blog Post: Praise for the FDA's Action on Trans Fat

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe,” which begins the process to eliminate trans fats from the food supply...
  • Blog Post: Help Stop Therapy Caps

    If you had a stroke and needed therapy to regain your ability to walk, talk, and carry out daily activities, would you want there to be a limit on the amount of therapy your health care plan covered? For stroke patients on Medicare, these ‘therapy caps’ are a real concern. Limits on outpatient...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds NYC's Fight Against Youth Tobacco Use

    Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2013 —The American Heart Association applauds New York City for continuing to be a national leader in reducing tobacco use by passing bills that will discourage young people from smoking and encourage more smokers to quit. “We are proud of the city’s leadership...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Financial Costs of Stroke Caregiving

    Being the family caregiver of a stroke survivor is often rewarding but it also can take an enormous physical and emotional toll on the caregiver. In addition, there can be significant financial costs that can come with being a family caregiver- an issue often overlooked and less understood. Nearly...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for National Eating Healthy Day!

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 6. On this day, Americans are encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Give your family...
  • Blog Post: Happy Anniversary, You're the Cure Community!

    More than a year ago, we knew our website needed a revamp. But we didn’t want to build the same old site that would be a one-way communication channel from the American Heart Association to you. We wanted to build a community, through which we all could share stories, news, and opinions. We wanted...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: Now Open: Health Insurance Marketplace

    You’re the Cure advocate Vance Lobe has had October 1 st marked on his calendar for a while. That’s because starting today, Vance and millions of other uninsured Americans will have access to affordable health care options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace . As a heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Importance of Newborn Screenings

    Great news for congenital heart defect advocates! On Thursday, September 26 th You’re the Cure and March of Dimes advocate Joye Mullis testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Children and Families about the importance of pulse oximetry screening...