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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Scott Sanborn

    Scott Sanborn Iowa As the anchor of a morning TV news show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Scott Sanborn had to be an early riser. In hopes of getting in some exercise before work, he set the alarm clock even earlier and hopped on his wife’s glider at 1:30 a.m. Within a few minutes, he felt pain in...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Mhire

    Jenny Mhire Missouri With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved. It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Quality Physical Education - What is it?

    Breon Schroeder Derby Spearfish SD and Chadron NE Some individuals may remember a time where ‘gym’ class revolved around an unstructured chaos of playing dodge-ball, being picked last for teams, and sitting on the sidelines while the instructor focused on getting his or her athletes prepared...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dezi Hamann

    Dezi Hamann Iowa Dezi exudes strength and joy. As his mom, and as a heart mom, I owe it to him to do everything I can to help sustain the progress that was made by three pioneers with heart babies. It was April 21, 2013 that our baby was diagnosed with a CHD and that moment feels like it was a...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Nixon

    Jenny Nixon Iowa-RVP Youth Market "I don’t think I am doing anything amazing, or that there's something special about what I do (as a manager). I just think, No. 1, it's important that your team knows you care for them. And No. 2, that you have fun. Laugh and have a good time. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sonja Watson

    Sonja Watson Iowa "Eat all your food, there are hungry children in this world," was a phrase I heard often when I was a child and I still think of it today when I sit down to eat a meal. Of course the food we ate was commonly full of salt and unhealthy fat. As an African-American woman...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ardon Brandt

    Ardon Brandt Iowa I was a first-time mom-to-be. I was 11 days overdue. I was impatient. I wanted to meet my baby. After 34 hours of labor my nurse came racing into my room. She was moving the baby monitor around and getting agitated; she could not find my baby’s heartbeat. The OB was called...
  • Blog Post: Register for an Iowa Heart Walk Near You!

    We would like to invite you to participate in a 2014 Heart Walk near you! The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Renee Stringer

    Renee Stringer Iowa My heart issues became apparent in 2002 when I was having episodes where my heart would race to the point where my body would cough excessively until my heart would resume to normal. The episodes had been occurring for a couple of years, however I didn’t worry about them...
  • Blog Post: New York Times article "E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts"

    Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette. But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that. In fact, she insists she has never even tried an e-cigarette. Like many teenagers, Ms. Zacks calls such products "hookah...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jane Wolf

    Jane Wolf Iowa On May 3, 2006, I collapsed at home. My heart, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery two weeks prior, quit. Due to forces I can only understand as divine, my heart started again on its own and allowed time for an ambulance to arrive. To this day, I have no recollection of making...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the 2014 Legislative Session!

    Creating heart-healthy communities takes more than just changing our own habits – we need to motivate others and speak in one voice. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action as the 2014 Legislative Session begins and we continue to advocate for issues on the local, state and federal level! ...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ellen Pieper

    Ellen Pieper Iowa On Jan. 30, 2000, at the age 33, Ellen Pieper suffered a stroke. A day she will never forget as it changed the course of her life’s journey. It was super Bowl Sunday, the fourth day of what Ellen describes as the "worst migraine of her life". "I had a 16-year...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! - 2014 Breakfast at the Iowa State Capitol

    The 2014 Legislative Session is right around the corner so we wanted to make sure that you get the upcoming "Iowa You're the Cure Breakfast at the Capitol" on your calendar - RSVP now using this link!* *Don't forget to log-in or sign up for the You're the Cure Community When...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jennifer Stevenson

    Jennifer Stevenson Iowa It started as an annoying chest pain that wouldn’t go away. It was routinely in the middle of my hectic day that my heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest because it was beating so fast. This annoying pain that was keeping me from my work and making me...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: John Jorgensen

    John Jorgensen Iowa I am a paramedic from Sioux City, Iowa and have been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 25 years. I am currently a Training Officer for Siouxland Paramedics, Inc. When I first began in EMS, I started out as a volunteer in a smaller community in North Central Iowa. Shortly...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Update on Kyler

    Kyler Nixon Iowa In February 2012, Kyler Nixon’s active life of sports was quickly put to a halt after an MRI showed abnormal thickness in the left ventricle of his heart. Kyler was tested for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is genetic so there are currently no medications or surgeries...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger Liz Tatham: Tough Love at the Table

    I would like to introduce you to Guest Blogger and You're the Cure Advocate, Liz Tatham who shares her thoughts on feeding her family in a time when convenience and peer pressure often outweigh healthy choices. Thank you for sharing your story with us Liz - Enjoy! Tough Love at the Table After...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lashonda Kennedy

    Lashonda Kennedy Iowa I was introduced to the American Heart Association by one of my friends, Terri, who is the Vice President of Government Relations for the Southwest Affiliate. I am so grateful to Terri for introducing me to both the American Heart Association and the world of Advocacy. It has...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Iowa is 12th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 –Iowa is now the 12th most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). After three decades of increases...
  • Blog Post: New FDA Report Reinforces Urgent Need to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Butch & Susie Gibbs

    Butch & Susie Gibbs Iowa On April 2, 2004, I was performing in our annual community play which ended a little after 9:00pm and as the play ended, I started having chest pain. Not long after arriving home, I went into sudden cardiac arrest. My wife, Susie, had already called the ambulance when...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! Governor to Hold Ceremonial Signing of Pulse Oximetry Legislation

    This is the day we have been working towards and waiting for - Governor Branstad will hold a ceremonial signing of the pulse oximetry legislation on Wednesday, July 17th, which will mandate pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns in Iowa. YOU'RE INVITED - Governor's Signing of Pulse Ox...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mandy Forkner

    Mandy Forkner Iowa As a mother, I'm thrilled that the State of Iowa just passed pulse oximetry legislation that requires all newborn babies to be screened for critical congenital heart defects prior to leaving the hospital! Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect. Take it from...