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  • Blog Post: Missouri teen saves baby. Will NYS students be prepared in an emergency?

    Did you hear about the heroic feat of Missouri teen, Abby Snodgrass? Abby was in a crowded store when she heard someone screaming for help. She soon saw a panicked mom and a baby - the baby wasn't breathing. Abby performed CPR…and saved the baby's life. Abby learned CPR in School. Seems...
  • Blog Post: The first school district in NYS to be recognized as CPR Smart is...

    Way to go North Rose Wolcott School District! By adopting a policy to teach students CPR and AED instruction, they have now been recognized by the American Heart Association as the first CPR Smart School in New York State! To learn how your school district can become recognized as CPR Smart, contact...
  • Blog Post: Snowflakes and parachutes

    I really dislike the end of Day Light Saving Time. Who needs it to be dark at 4:00 in the afternoon? Who needs their kid waking up an hour earlier than usual? Not me. To add to the pain, it snowed the day we set the clocks back. Yup. Snow. We got 4 inches. I drove to Rockport the next morning (9 inches...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Sohah Iqbal, New York City

    Dr. Sohah Iqbal is the current president of the American Heart Association Young Professionals, an Interventional Cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a staunch advocate for CPR education in our city's high schools. Dr. Iqbal poignantly shares the story of two of her own patients who...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for Volunteer Efforts

    With the addition of 76 freshmen students from Champlain Valley Union High School, Williston teenager Tommy Watson has now trained nearly 1,500 people in hands-only CPR! Not bad for a youth who started out with a goal of training 100 people when we met two years ago. You may recall Tommy helped the...
  • Blog Post: 6 Lives Saved and Counting!

    Congratulations to Dr. Marc Kutler and The Edge fitness facilities for yet another life saved! Dr. Marc Kutler, an emergency department physician from Northwestern Medical Center, is a strong advocate for CPR and public access to defibrillation. He helped the AHA pass legislation two years ago requiring...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools: Help Rhode Island Take the Next Step

    Did you know that only 10 percent of victims who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive? That’s right – ONLY 10 PERCENT SURVIVE. Most die because they do not receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The numbers are both staggering and tragic. So how do we...
  • Blog Post: Tell the Board of Regents to say YES to CPR!

    Will the Board of Regents say YES to CPR in Schools? As you know the Governor signed the CPR in Schools bill... So what now? The Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents must provide their stamp of approval. The Commissioner has 180 days to issue a report on CPR/AED instruction...
  • Blog Post: Victory! Coaches will be required to know CPR in 2015!

    Victory! Thanks to your advocacy, critical lifesaving legislation that would require coaches to be trained in CPR is headed to the Governor’s desk. This law, when signed by the Governor, will require all public high school coaches to be certified in CPR by August 2015! This has been a long battle...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools...are you ready for the next step?

    Are you ready to take the next step to ensure students in NY learn CPR before graduation? As you know the Governor signed the CPR in Schools bill...what does this mean? Now the Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents must provide their stamp of approval. The Commissioner...
  • Blog Post: Long Island Board Honors Longtime CPR/AED Champion

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Long Island Board of Directors was honored to name Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg as Advocate of the Year. Assembly Weisenberg, the legislative champion of the CPR in Schools bill, made it a priority to increase public awareness of...
  • Blog Post: Do You Live in a HEART Safe Community?

    Its Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Do you know if your community is HEART safe? The HEART Safe program recognizes communities that meet specific criteria that help increase the potential for saving the lives of individuals who have sudden cardiac arrest through the use of CPR and increased...
  • Blog Post: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Ok: It is obvious that I am in my mid-40’s. I actually giggled when I saw this gentleman show up at the Central Maine Heart Walk. Yes, I was one of the first one to get my picture taken. Yes, I FaceTimed my husband so he could see us. Yes, I emailed the picture to all my fellow dorks. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Greece Odyssey Academy Keeps the Beat!

    Congratulations to Greece Odyssey Academy! Recently the Rochester area school teamed up with the American Heart and Upstate NY Life Support to provide hands-only CPR training to all students in grades 6-12 and any interested staff members. As a result, over 1000 people are now trained to be lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: Gracie Soultanian, Massachusetts

    After hearing Michael Ellsessar’s story, a 16-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2010 after getting hit in the chest during a football game, Gracie Soultanian, then 12 now 13, decided she needed to do something. There are no warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest, allowing any athlete...
  • Blog Post: Governor Cuomo - Please Pass CPR in Schools!

    American Heart Association advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki and Melinda Murray joined our NYC Government Relations Senior Director for a CPR training opportunity this morning. Hear what they have to say... (Please visit the site to view this video) http://youtu.be/CJ8A2FP9vVI
  • Blog Post: Kids with Heart...

    Kids with Heart...Do you know any kids that are working to make a difference? We do! Meet Molly Budzinski and Joey Mendrick. Molly just started her senior year at Orchard Park High School. Before heading back to school, Molly traveled from Buffalo to Albany to met with Governor Cuomo's Assistant...
  • Blog Post: NJ Celebrates New School Year with New CPR Training Law!

    Students throughout the Garden State are heading back to school this month. Those who are starting high school will be learning an important lesson before graduation-how to perform CPR during an emergency! On August 20, Lt. Governor Kimberly Guadagno signed a bill that will ensure that students entering...
  • Blog Post: Heart of Gold

    I am excited to be able to celebrate some amazing advocates from Central MA as Heart of Gold Winners at the Heart of the Commonwealth Event. The Heart of Gold Award is presented each year to members of the Central Massachusetts’ community who have enhanced the quality of life in the region and...
  • Blog Post: Renewed Call To Action for CPR in NH Schools

    Schools across New Hampshire are back in session! And now is the time to renew our push to get hands on CPR training into school curriculums. Schools are the place we expect our children to learn not only the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but to become active members of their community....
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • Blog Post: Robbie MacCue: He may not wear a cape but he's still a hero.

    Robbie MacCue knows a thing or two about saving lives. As a paramedic, Robbie knows firsthand that CPR buys time for victims until first responders arrive at the scene. That’s why Robbie volunteers at local schools to teach students CPR. And this past month Robbie put his skills to good use by...
  • Blog Post: Saving lives is why...

    Why fight for healthy hearts? Why fight against strokes? Here in New York State, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Our family is why. Our friends are why. Why advocate for heart healthy policies? Saving lives is why. And while the state legislature is on break, we are continuing...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: As Summer Winds Down, the Countdown to CPR in Schools is On!

    With the start of the school year just weeks away for most students here in New Jersey, you may be curious about the status of the CPR in Schools bill that the Legislature passed in June, so here is a quick update. The bill has not been signed yet, but we have been in contact with the Governor's...