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  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....
  • 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: 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: Megan Allen, Maine

    My name is Megan Allen, and I live in Waterville, Maine. I am a member of You’re the Cure and volunteer for the American Heart Association because I believe it is critically important that all newborns are screened for critical congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association is leading...
  • Blog Post: Help Promote Our Legislative Priorities This Coming Session!

    Vermont 2014 Public Policy Agenda Obesity Prevention – Encourage school districts to share recreational facilities with the community to promote activity. Provide greater liability protection to schools to encourage community use. Obesity Prevention - Support policy that eliminates...
  • Blog Post: Left Out in the Cold

    Ok, forget what I said yesterday. It is too cold to exercise outside today. This was the thermometer at my house at 7:30 this morning. I would hate to see what it said before then. Facebook tells me that some of my friends a bit inland from me had negative 17degree readings this morning. Although both...
  • 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 Did This (and Go Red Sox)!

    Maine left Massachusetts in 1820—but we remain part of Red Sox Nation. We don’t have any of those weird mixed allegiances that Connecticut may have living so close to that other city. We are tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool fans. In fact, many of the men here already had beards—and...
  • Blog Post: Elizabeth Roy, Maine

    I am Elizabeth Roy and I live in Albion, Maine. My second son, Brodyn has Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome, a severe underdevelopment of the left side of his heart. He was born with half a heart, and this defect was not detected in utero, or at birth. I had a normal pregnancy. I had a repeat C-section...
  • Blog Post: 12 other states train students in CPR...

    What is NYS waiting for?!....Tell lawmakers it's time to pass the CPR in Schools bill. Go to www.supportcprinschools.org to send your message today!
  • Blog Post: Vermont EMS Conference October 24-27, heart and stroke issues and more!

    The Vermont EMS Conference sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health will be held this year at Jay Peak Resort October 24-27. Registration ends October 16th. Register now at: www.VTEMSConference.com You can register for pre-conference workshops as well as a wide variety of sessions offered...
  • Blog Post: Its Time to Improve Stroke Care in the Commonwealth

    Imagine you were 14 years old and you had sudden weakness on one side of your body, you suddenly had trouble speaking, you had a loss of balance and you had a sudden, severe headache with no known cause. You went immediately to your closest hospital. Would you know that these were classic stroke symptoms...
  • Blog Post: NYC Heartsavers Honored - True Heroes at Work!

    New York City is a safer place, thanks to several NYC Heartsavers! On July 25 th , we honored several New Yorkers for doing what they could to help save a life. Let's hear it for these brave and dedicated individuals: Garry Resnick, Danny Poon, Rafael Castellanos, Dr. Nicholas Skipitaris, Krystle...
  • Blog Post: Licking my wounds in Maine

    Sigh. This picture sums up how I felt yesterday. This legislative session, which started out with much promise, may very well end with the swipe of the Governor’s veto pen. The Governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Maine youth, our next generation of heroes, to learn Hands Only...
  • Blog Post: If we can help save a child's life, shouldn't we?

    If we can help save a child’s life, shouldn’t we? With a simple pulse oximetry screening, it really is as simple as that. It’s time for New York to make pulse oximetry a requirement for all babies. It’s quick, painless and inexpensive, but more importantly, it can save lives...
  • Blog Post: We are almost thereā€¦I'm in the Assembly Chambers and just watched as they passed the pulse ox bill.

    This couldn't have happened without your help! Thanks to your help, the bill to screen all babies for heart defects passed the Assembly Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and get the Senate to quickly pass the bill and then send it to the Governor's desk. Thanks for all your help for...
  • Blog Post: But is she healthy? It's time for pulse oximetry.

    When a baby is born, all parents check to make sure their child is healthy…Ten fingers, ten toes. Brown eyes, dad’s nose… But is she healthy? It’s time for pulse oximetry. When a baby is born, there is so much to be excited about. Is it a boy or a girl? Who does she...
  • Blog Post: Please Support Critical Programs for Heart and Stroke in the Commonwealth

    The Senate will start debating their budget and we are asking for their support for critical funding for key prevention programs. We knew it was going to be a tough budget year we feel that it is still important for the Legislature to make investments in public health and access to care. We are asking...
  • Blog Post: Every Four Minutes Someone Dies of Stroke, But They Don't Have To...

    May is American Stroke Month. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke and every four minutes someone dies of a stroke. But stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable with your help. The American Heart Association is working to improve acute stroke care in Vermont. Together with the Vermont...
  • Blog Post: FEATURED ACTION: Support pulse ox by submitting a letter to the editor

    We’re all working hard to make pulse ox a requirement in New York, and we know that the more people help out, the better. But how do we reach people in our community who are not yet advocates? Meet them at a common medium, like a newspaper, used by most of the community. Letters to the editor can...
  • Blog Post: One Simple Test

    If you knew that a painless, non-invasive 45 second test that only cost $4.00 could potentially pick up a critical congenital heart disease in a newborn….would you do it? Yup. Me too. Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the US and the number one killer of infants with birth...
  • Blog Post: From our Lips to Congress' Ears - NYC Supports Resolution 982 re: Improving Stroke Research!

    What a day in New York City! We have lots of photos to share from our whirlwind tour in City Hall...but really quick I wanted to share some shots of our press conference with Council Member Mathieu Eugene. Thank you to Dr. Steven Rudolph from Maimonides, Dr. Susanna Horvath from Columbia and Dr. Salman...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to listen to the State of the State?

    Governor Cuomo will outline his vision for the coming year in his State of the State address tomorrow. The American Heart Association is fighting for chronic disease prevention and CPR training. What issues are you hoping to hear about from the Governor?
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year...Let's Make 2013 a Banner Year!

    We have worked together to pass legislation in 2012 that ultimately leads to the gift of a more healthy life for Connecticut residents. Because of your support all of Connecticut’s newborns will be tested for Critical Congenital Heart Disease, our elementary school students will have 20 minutes...