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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ronna Kratzer

    Ronna Kratzer California The AHA has been a part of my life and many of my family members' lives from birth. As of today, we have 14 family members that have been born with Congenital Heart Defects. Without funding for research, many of my family members may not be alive today. In 2010, I underwent...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bert Carey

    Bert Carey Newburyport, MA Bert suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, when he collapsed, he was in a small store in Newburyport where an 18-year-old senior in high school, Derek, happened to be shopping for a tux for the prom. Derek had just completed a CPR course, which is a graduation requirement...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Olivia Q

    Olivia Q Winthrop, MA More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym in an East Boston school when six-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry-blonde hair and no front teeth had been in...
  • Blog Post: Watch Advocates In Action at the Research Saves Lives Fly-In!

    Last month, over 40 heart disease and stroke survivors and researchers arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Hear their stories about why medical research matters! Then help make sure Members of Congress see it by sharing the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: The Hodge Family

    JW & Maddie Hodge Nevada On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years. Medication was administered...
  • Blog Post: Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    On June 6th, Joe Quigley and his daughter Olivia came to D.C. to urge their Massachusetts Members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts set for January 2013. When Olivia was just 6 years-old, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest will in gym class and came to Capitol Hill to tell...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Urge Congress to Protect NIH Funding!

    On June 6th, over 40 You’re the Cure Advocates from 17 key states came to Washington to urge their Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from automatic budget cuts set to occur in January 2013. If the automatic cuts (or sequester) occurs, the NIH could...
  • Blog Post: NIH Director Talks about Obesity on the Colbert Report

    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins brought a serious message recently on the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report a few days ago. Dr. Francis talked about the importance of eating well and the state of America’s obesity epidemic. Have a few laughs and check out the video.
  • 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: AHA President Warns about the Danger of NIH Budget Cuts

    AHA President, Dr. Gordon F. Tomaselli, recently wrote an article in Science Progress about the dangers of the pending budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health in 2013. “Next January, unless Congress and the White House take action, the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, and the...
  • Blog Post: CEO Nancy Brown Participates in Panel Discussion on Medical Research Innovation

    On March 14, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown joined leaders in government, industry, the media and other patient advocacy organizations for Research!America’s 9th annual National Health Research Forum in Washington, D.C. The event, “World Class to Second Class? Confronting the...
  • 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: 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: Nancy Brown Gives Keynote Address at eHI Conference

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown gave the keynote address at the annual eHealth Initiative’s (eHI) 2012 Annual Conference, held January 11-12 in Washington, D.C. Her speech examined the positive impact of technology on cardiovascular health and stroke care and how the AHA is involved...
  • Blog Post: Health and Human Services Year in Review

    Check out this video below from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that recaps 2011. In this video, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the Million Hearts Campaign , which the American Heart Association is a proud member. The Campaign aims to prevent one million heart attacks and...
  • Blog Post: NIH Research Funding: Increases and Cuts

    Despite this era of deficit reduction, thanks to your help, Congress continues to see the value of the National Institutes of Health, our best hope to prevent and even cure heart disease and stroke, by providing it with a 0.8% funding increase over its last year’s funding level. Although the increase...