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  • Blog Post: Go Red Total Makeover – Join us on February 8th

    I wanted to make sure to share a great upcoming opportunity with you. Macy’s and the American Heart Association are teaming up to host the Go Red Total Makeover on Saturday, February 8th at the Macy’s in Oak Brook . Come join us for an afternoon pampering, healthy living tips and of course...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mark Olson

    Mark Olson Richfield, MN Beware the Ides of March, little did I know that this saying would gain new meaning for me on the morning of March 15 th 2008. My wakeup call came in the form of shortness of breath and chest pain the evening of March 14th. I figured I was just having an asthma attack even...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Rosemary Jaffe

    Rosemary Jaffe Montgomery, IL I remember it so well; it was the summer of 1991. My dad had died the year before from a massive coronary. So I had heredity and also type 1 diabetes working against me. I was walking to a friend’s house and started feeling chest pain. I thought, “I should...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Susan Bennett

    Susan Bennett Chicago, IL On August 21, 2001, three weeks after my son was born I suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack). For the next two days, the doctors couldn’t tell my husband if I was going to live. Due to the fact I had just had a baby, the immediate assumption was post-partum...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Susan Armstrong

    Susan Armstrong Carmel, IN My heart story is somewhat different in that I had a strong idea something was wrong with my health, but I denied all the signs. Shortly after 9/11 in 2001, I had the worst flu ever. Little did I know it was probably a virus attacking my heart. During the next twelve months...
  • Blog Post: Are you a Real Woman who's made a Real Change?

    The American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking nominations for its “Real Women. Real Change.” program, presented by UnitedHealthcare. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of its Go Red For Women campaign, the AHA will select 10 central Indiana women who have made positive changes...
  • Blog Post: Get Covered Illinois Launches

    AHA/ASA Chicago Board President Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD spoke today at a press conference organized by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announcing the launch of Get Covered Illinois, the Illinois healthcare marketplace mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Lloyd-Jones spoke about the importance of preventative...
  • Blog Post: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

    More funding coming to Indiana to address heart disease, stroke, diabetes, school health and worksite wellness. It is anticipated Indiana will receive a little more than $1.7 million to help combat obesity and prevent heart disease and stroke. To read more about this new funding, please visit the link...
  • Blog Post: State of Indiana Finally Receives Heart Disease and Stroke Funding

    The Indiana State Department of Health announced it has received a four-year health screening-related grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant was awarded to the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and will be used to implement the Well-Integrated Screening for Evaluation...
  • Blog Post: Doctor Appointments: Be Your Own Advocate

    Do you know what questions to ask your healthcare team so you can take an active part in your heart and stroke health? The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association can be your partner in making sure you’re getting the care you need. One of the most important relationships you’ll...
  • Blog Post: My Story - Jeremy Aylward

    Jeremy Aylward South Dakota My journey began when I was in the seventh grade. I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve stenosis and insufficiency with ascending aorta dilatation and left ventricular hypertrophy. At the age of 18, I underwent my first open-heart surgery, a total aortic valve replacement...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Good Times!

    On June 12th, American Heart Association volunteers, staff, coalition partners and Minnesota policymakers gathered to celebrate our public health victories at the Capitol this year. AHA’s Executive VP for the Midwest Affiliate, Kevin Harker, kicked off our celebration and recognized the important...
  • Blog Post: Students Need More Physical Activity

    According to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine, students spend too little time engaged in physical activity at school. We couldn't agree more! The American Heart Association has long been an advocate of increasing opportunities for students to be physically active. Those opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Statehouse Goes Red!

    On Feb. 6, policymakers in Springfield went red in celebration of American Heart Month! Led by the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Heart Association policymakers wore red and gathered for a group photo to raise awareness for the fight against...
  • Blog Post: Make A Difference Minnesota - Heart on the Hill Feb. 12

    We need your voice! One of the most impactful ways you can advocate for the American Heart Association is to meet with your legislators. Our Minnesota Lobby Day offers you the opportunity to do just that! REGISTER NOW! Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join other advocates to speak...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Ruby Foster

    Ruby Foster Michigan I am a 65 year old woman living with heart disease. My heart disease is a result of family history along with uncontrolled hypertension. I have lived through bypass surgery and have a pace maker. I have also survived eleven strokes, and have a blood clot on the wall of my heart...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Michele Block

    Michele Block Wisconsin Heart disease is a part of my family. My name is Michele. I have two girls ages 11 and 6. Why do I volunteer for the American Heart Association? I never want my girls to ever have to hear that I should be dead. Those are the words my mother heard from the surgeon who was...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Lori Haehle

    Lori Haehle Wisconsin My heart attack. Four years ago, at the age of 52, I had a heart attack. A lot has changed in the past four years and because of that, I have a whole new perspective on life. To begin, I struggled when I came home from the hospital. I was upset, shocked, and saddened when...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Myanna Gee

    Myanna Gee Wisconsin March 3, 2009 changed my life forever. That was the day when my mother suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It took place at a mall in Glendale, Wisconsin, which was one of her favorite places to go walking. You see, mom practiced a healthy lifestyle. She ate healthy, and would...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Beverly Goff

    Beverly Goff Fort Wayne, IN In July, 2011, I was invited to a “Go Red for Women” American Heart Association breakfast and decided to take a van full of business associates. During this breakfast I knew this was invitation was purposeful and not a chance encounter. As three women stood...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Amber Strobel

    Amber Strobel Evansville, IN I remember like it was yesterday, I had gotten home from practice earlier that evening. My mom picked me up in the back of the school like she always had and we headed home to see my brand new niece Morgan Elizabeth. As I looked at my Mom, holding her new grandchild, she...
  • Blog Post: My Story - Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska I have walked with heart disease my entire life. I was born with a complete heart block, meaning the top part of my heart didn't communicate with the bottom part, which meant my heart would only beat 40 beats per minute – about half the normal rate. My parents were...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Inel Lewis

    Inel Lewis Michigan My mother. On April 11, 2010, three days after celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday, I arrived home from Bible Study only to find my mother sitting on the chaise in her bedroom and wheezing. She said “Inel, I don’t feel well.” I said “Mom do you...
  • Blog Post: PEP Grants to 2 MN School Districts to Improve PE

    FY2012 Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant Recipients: Including 2 MN school districts – a success story. …Through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, or PEP, the U.S. Department of Education awards competitive grants to expand and improve phys. ed. and...
  • Blog Post: Heart disease in men can be fought head-on, USATODAY.com

    Past American Heart Association president Gordon Tomaselli and AHA spokesman Russell Luepker are quoted in a USA Today article entitled “Heart disease in men can be fought head-on.” The article reminds us that although the rate of death from cardiovascular disease declined by 31% from 1998...