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  • Blog Post: Rachel Henry, Massachusetts

    Eleven years ago, at the age of 30, Rachel suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her doctor's office during a routine checkup. Thankfully, her doctor knew what was happening and Rachel was able to receive immediate lifesaving care. It was a long road, but she always says that stroke changed her physically...
  • Blog Post: Aphasia Advocates Back Improved Stroke Care Bills

    We know that stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one of which is aphasia. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. Aphasia does not...
  • Blog Post: Tedy Tackles the Legislature

    On June 18th, Tedy Bruschi came to the State House to talk about important Stroke Legislation. He has been a dedicated advocate for us since suffering his stroke. He spoke passionately to the legislators about how he had a "stroke system of care" in place because he was a three time super bowl...
  • Blog Post: Boston Teacher is Saved by Heroes in her School!

    When Joan Eacmen, a teacher at Roxbury’s O’Bryant School of Math & Science, collapsed in front of her classroom in March from cardiac arrest, students and staff took action. Their quick thinking and combined efforts to call for help, administer CPR and use the school’s AED are what...
  • Blog Post: 1 Million New Lifesavers Will be in Our Communities Every Year, But Why Not in Massachusetts?

    More than one million high school students a year will be trained in CPR because of state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement and work done by the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools efforts. As a result of 16 states, Oklahoma being the latest addition, across...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: State of the Air in the Commonwealth

    The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2014” report was released yesterday and it shows that all eight counties in Massachusetts with particle pollution monitors cut year-round particle pollution (soot) levels compared to the 2013 report and the Boston metro area had its...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Come Together to End Stroke in Massachusetts

    May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth. Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about...
  • Blog Post: Kristina Hill - Stroke Hero

    Kristina Hill was only 13 when she suffered her stroke. She had classic stroke signs and symptoms and was rushed to her local hospital not long after the first onset of those symptoms, but because she was so young, the hospital did not think it was a stroke. She waited for a long time for a diagnosis...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Are Almost a Reality in the Commonwealth

    At the End of April Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill into law, which authorizes $50 million in funding for cities and towns through a new Complete Streets Certification Program over the next five years! The Complete Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk...
  • Blog Post: It is time for Massachusetts to be CPR Smart

    Look to your left. Look to your right. Would the people around you know how to save your life if you suffered from sudden cardiac arrest? You can make sure that across Massachusetts there are thousands of people who would know what to do. It’s time for Massachusetts to Be CPR Smart. Would you...
  • Blog Post: Lace up your Sneakers and Make a Commitment to Live Healthier!

    Spring has arrived on the calendar and soon the warm weather will too. I am sure, like me, you are looking forward to it! When the weather gets warm it motivates me to tie on those sneakers and get moving! Not only is this the perfect time for us as adults to make the commitment to start getting more...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Survivors Come Together to End Stroke

    On February 25th over 60 stroke survivors, caretakers and advocates came together to share their personal story about stroke and ask the legislators to support creating a tiered stroke system of care. We know that stroke is the No. 4 cause of death among adults in the U.S. It kills 128,000 people...
  • Blog Post: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • Blog Post: CVS Will Stop Selling Tobacco Products!

    We have made great progress in the fight against tobacco and today one more step was made! By October 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores. This is a huge step taken by a chain pharmacy to date especially with the loss of revenue they will face. CVS’s decision...
  • Blog Post: Active Streets is on the Move!

    Last week, the House passed a Transportation Bond Bill and as part of the bill, the Active Streets Program was included for an authorization of $50 million in funding. We appreciate everyone’s outreach on this issue and this is just one of many steps. We still need your help to get it to the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Prevention & Wellness Trust Grants Awarded

    This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and...
  • Blog Post: Join Us So Together We Can End Stroke

    We are looking for stroke survivors and passionate advocates like you to participate in our Together to End Stroke event at the Massachusetts State House on February 25, 2014. This event will help us celebrate 10 years of Massachusetts having a Stroke System of Care and help us work towards continuing...
  • Blog Post: A Heart Healthy New Year in Massachusetts

    With 2013 behind us I am hopeful that 2014 will be our most successful year in making Massachusetts Heart Healthy and Stroke Free. We are close to ensuring that all Coaches in MA Public Schools will be trained in CPR and that all newborns will be screened with Pulse Ox for CHD. We are also working to...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: Our Hands Can Save Lives!

    A few weeks ago a study came out that said that performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer can improve a patient’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. This is great news! Sustaining CPR that long also improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said. Now we just...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Device That Can Save a Life

    You see AEDs on walls in airports, malls and office buildings, but do you see them in your kids schools? On sports field or in rinks? The answer might be sadly no. We need to do better; we need to make sure that AEDs are available in our schools and on our fields at all times so that it is never more...
  • Blog Post: Wishing You A Heart Healthy Holiday

    I wanted to take a minute during the sometimes crazy holiday season to say thank you! Your advocacy on behalf of the American Heart/Stroke Association has made the Commonwealth a healthier place for you and your friends and family to live. But our work isn’t done! I look forward to seeing success...
  • Blog Post: We Are Raising the Most Sedentary Generation

    Did you know that your kids aren’t keeping up with you? Millions of children around the world don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. It is the first time that our children's fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades. We know that children...