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  • Blog Post: Take Control of Your Health

    Did you know high blood pressure has also been called the “silent killer”? That’s because its symptoms are not always obvious, making the need for regular check-ups important. As we recognize High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, here are the facts: • High blood pressure (aka...
  • Blog Post: Your American Stroke Month Mission...

    Did you know that stroke is our nation’s 4th leading killer? Or that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States? May is American Stroke Month and the goal is to raise awareness that stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable . Over the next few weeks (and beyond), there are...
  • Blog Post: Proposed Tobacco Rule a Good First Step...

    ...but stronger regulation is needed to keep e-cigarettes, flavored little cigars and other tobacco products out of the hands of young people, according to American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. You can read her full statement here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 24th released...
  • Blog Post: Long Overdue: Nutrition Label Updates

    In late February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to update the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label we all have come to know on the food products we buy. And now it’s time for you to weigh in! As consumers, we need to tell the FDA that we support changes that will...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next 12 months. This means for the next year, stroke...
  • Blog Post: Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

    Calling all You’re the Cure SUPERHEORES! (Yes, that means YOU!) Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time! That’s because no super powers...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: 7 Million Enrolled: An Affordable Care Act Update

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That makes the progress made during this first 6-month open enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace something to recognize. When open enrollment closed on March 31 st , 7.5 million Americans...
  • Blog Post: New CDC Study on Poison Centers and E-cigarettes Reinforces Need for FDA Regulation

    Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown made the following comments on the study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the rise in e-cigarette calls to poison centers: "The CDC’s latest study on e-cigarettes...
  • Blog Post: Relief for stroke patients on Medicare

    There is some big news to report from Washington, D.C. Over the past several months, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates like you have sent over 8,500 messages to Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to stop potentially devastating caps on outpatient therapy for stroke survivors on Medicare....
  • Blog Post: Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

    Check out American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown's latest Huffington Post blog post about the need to address health disparities in clinical trials. "Turn on your television at any point during the day or night and you will likely run across an ad for a prescription drug, along with a...
  • Blog Post: After a stroke, patients need customized palliative care

    People recovering from a stroke should have a well-coordinated medical team to personalize care, optimize quality of life and minimize suffering, according to a scientific statement published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. The statement is the first in the United States to...
  • Blog Post: Help increase the representation of women and minorities in clinical trials today!

    As a patient, you want to know that the prescription drugs and medical devices being recommended for your treatment are safe and effective. However, current gaps in clinical trial participation by women and minorities limit the data available to you and your doctor to make the most informed decisions...
  • Blog Post: Senator Kirk: A Stroke Survival Story

    In January of 2012, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk suffered a stroke. He recently sat down with Stroke Connection and told his story of survival. See an excerpt below and then follow the link to the full article. Stroke survivors do not always return to work. Even when they do, it’s safe to say...
  • Blog Post: Heart/Stroke Patients Make Headway as the Affordable Care Act Turns Four

    Washington, D.C., Mar. 23, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into law on March 23, 2010 : “As we mark this anniversary of the ACA, it’s important to think...
  • Blog Post: Help Cut Junk Food Ads Out of Schools!

    It's pop quiz time! One of these things are not like the others. Can you pick out the one that doesn’t belong? A) Students B) Physical education C) Teachers D) Books E) Junk food ads Did you pick E? Me too, because all of these things belong in our nation’s schools except junk food...
  • Blog Post: On Kick Butts Day, Let's Commit to Making Tobacco History

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown teamed up with Matthew Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, on a blog post for The Huffington Post this week. Check out what they had to say about the importance of Kick Butts Day (March 19th) and the tobacco control goals our nation's...
  • Blog Post: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Budget Season!

    It’s that time of year again. While we wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom in Washington, D.C., budget discussions are heating up between the White House and Capitol Hill. On March 4 th , the President released his budget proposal for 2015 and now Members of Congress are working to establish...
  • Blog Post: Time is Running Out to Get Covered

    Having quality health care coverage is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows that the deadline to enroll in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace is March 31 st ! Since the Marketplace opened on October 1 st , 2013...
  • Blog Post: Action Needed: Last Chance to Stop Therapy Caps

    For stroke survivors on Medicare and their families, the countdown to March 31st is like déjà vu. Year after year, Congress waits until the last minute to pass temporary fixes to the ‘therapy cap’ problem, but this year, we’re saying enough is enough. Will you join us...
  • Blog Post: AHA Frustrated by President’s NIH Budget

    American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015: “With a meager 1 percent increase over last year, President Obama’s proposed budget for the National Institutes of Health is utterly...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes in Store for Food Labels

    After more than two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods. The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars , nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple...
  • Blog Post: Our #CHDweek Message: Pulse Ox Saves Lives!

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S. Early detection is key, which is why advocates across the country are speaking up for a simple, life-saving test for all newborns. Pulse oximetry screening...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds CVS for Phasing Out Tobacco Products

    Dallas, Feb. 5, 2014 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the decision by CVS Caremark to phase out tobacco sales: “Smoking is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., killing 443,000 Americans and costing the nation $193 billion in healthcare expenses...
  • Blog Post: Farm Bill Full of Both Wins and Losses, says AHA

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2014 —American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed by Congress today: The passage of the Farm Bill today has been long-anticipated and the American Heart Association is pleased...