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  • Blog Post: Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

    New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death. The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current...
  • Blog Post: Stroke survivors need Congress to act now!

    Stroke survivors on Medicare have been put through enough! Year after year, they are hit with the possibility of facing a punitive cap on their rehabilitative therapy. Thankfully Congress routinely allows for an exceptions process, but it must be renewed every year. That usually happens at the last minute...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day: Oct 29th

    The statistics are chilling. A person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds , with about 795,000 Americans having one every year . Stroke is the no. 4 cause of death in the United States and the no. 3 cause of death in women. It is quite clear that more awareness is needed about nation’s...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Take Stroke Message to Washington

    You’re the Cure stroke survivors and caregivers took their message that stroke is preventable, beatable and treatable from the White House to the halls of Congress during American Stroke Month in May! After touring the East Wing of the White House, advocates attended a Congressional briefing and...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The Government is Shut Down, but Our Fight Is Not

    Turn on any cable news station these days and you’ll see it… the continuously running clock that is tracking the hours and minutes of the government shutdown. When I see it, I can’t help but think about what could or should have been accomplished during that time, especially when it...
  • Blog Post: Presentation: Communicating with Congress

    View the slides from the recent presentation entitled Communicating with Congress: How to turn a 10-Minute Meeting with a Legislator into a Life-Long Relationship .
  • Blog Post: Bringing Stroke Awareness to the Hill

    Today, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the latest stroke data with congressional staff and to educate them about important research underway to better understand the human brain. Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, professor and chairman of the...
  • Blog Post: Ask Your Representative to Support Stroke Awareness

    The numbers are staggering... About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Stroke kills more than 128,000 people a year, making it the 4th leading cause of death. More than $38 billion is spent each year on stroke-related medical costs and disability. Yet, many...
  • Blog Post: Facts: January 2013 AHA Policy Report

    Find all of AHA's Policy Position statements on various issues with this "at-a-glance" report entitled the Policy Report.
  • Blog Post: Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

    The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have joined with the Ad Council to launch their first national multimedia public service advertising campaign (PSA) to raise awareness about F.A.S.T., an acronym for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke. When...
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...
  • Blog Post: Update: 'Cliff' Deal Helps Protect Medicare Stroke Patients

    As the world welcomed 2013 this week, a serious deadline loomed for stroke patients on Medicare. The Medicare therapy caps ‘exceptions process’ was set to expire on December 31st, 2012, putting beneficiaries at risk of not being able to access the physical, speech, and occupational therapies...
  • Blog Post: 2012 You're the Cure Federal Recap

    As we get ready to welcome the 113 th Congress to Capitol Hill in January, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the activity that took place on key heart and stroke issues this year. In a tough economic environment, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, helped play critical defense to...
  • Blog Post: Protect Medicare Stroke Patients!

    For most people, the end of the year is a joyous time, filled with anticipation for the New Year. However, for millions of stroke patients on Medicare and their families, this is a time of worry. That’s because, unless Congress acts by December 31st, unfair caps on their rehabilitation coverage...