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  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: The State of Obesity: Michigan's Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: Get connected! Join us on social media today!

    Did you know that the American Heart Association has a great online presence on Facebook and Twitter? You can check out all the wonderful updates, pictures, and postings by getting connected with us online. Click below to join the page that is in your area and be sure to share and like our posts! ...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes in the news

    Have you been reading a lot about the e-cigarette bills in the news lately? If you need to catch up, here's a sample of what's out there: Battle Creek Enquirer: Snyder should veto e-cigarette legislation Detroit Free Press: Michigan bills that would ban minors from buying e-cigs cause concern...
  • Blog Post: Is Your School HEART Safe?

    The Michigan Department of Community Health, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young and the American Heart Association recently awarded 40 Michigan schools with a three-year MI HEARTSafe School designation which recognizes schools...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Sheri Lindsay

    Sheri Lindsay Michigan My life has changed dramatically in the past 24 months since I had a stroke — I am now happier and healthier than I have ever been — and I am so grateful for this chance to share my story. I am hopeful that people who are faced with similar health challenges will...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor: Use Michigan's existing tobacco laws to cover e-cigarettes

    "Minors should not be allowed to purchase e-cigarettes. On this point, vast majorities of legislators and the public agree. The bigger question is: How should regulation about e-cigarettes be put in place?" This Letter to the Editor appeared in the Detroit Free Press and was submitted by...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it...

    Earlier this month, Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 4713. This bill will ensure that a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan is in place in every Michigan school. These plans are a great way to help students and staff alike make sure they are prepared and know what to do during medical emergencies...
  • 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: 2013 top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke science

    New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

    On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. In the 50 years since, the smoking rate in our country has been cut in half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: AHA offers Community Innovation Grants

    Did you know that the American Heart Association provides small mini-grants, up to $5,000, for local community projects that help advance our 2020 Impact Goal? The purpose of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Community Innovation Grant initiative is to improve the cardiovascular health...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Mandy Schultz-Briggs

    Mandy Schultz-Briggs Wisconsin I am a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, and mother of 4 children. Ashur, our youngest was found to have abnormalities with his heart at our 20 week anatomy ultrasound. After several additional appointments, we were given a diagnosis of Transposition...
  • Blog Post: House Bill 4272 could help save lives

    Check out this great story from the Detroit Free Press about how important CPR and AEDs are when it comes to saving lives: http://www.freep.com/article/20131103/COL38/311030073/jocelyn-leonard-wes-leonard-fennville-jeff-seidel This story exemplifies why the American Heart Association supports House...
  • Blog Post: It's official! All Michigan babies will be screened for congenital heart defects.

    I am happy to let you know that recently the Michigan Department of Community Health announced that screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) has been officially added to the Michigan newborn screening panel! As the number one killer of infants with birth defects, congenital heart defects...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Shawna Gurgul

    Shawna Gurgul Michigan My Peripartum Cardiomyopathy On March 15, 2010, my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our first child. We were ecstatic! Over-the-moon, just full of joy! We told our family members and the news was met with so much happiness! We couldn’t wait to meet this new...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Michigan is 10th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 – Michigan is now the 10th 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...
  • Blog Post: Michigan legislature approves Medicaid reform!

    On August 27 th , the Michigan State Senate voted 20-18 to pass House Bill 4714, legislation that will reform Medicaid and expand coverage to 470,000 currently uninsured Michigan residents. The bill went back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote on August 3 rd and now awaits the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Hands Only CPR Now The Standard

    You may think you know how to perform CPR -- a mix of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breaths. But that is no longer the standard, according to Dr. John Dery, Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. "The focus has shifted from adding...
  • Blog Post: Hands-Only CPR can save lives!

    Here's a great story you may have missed that was in the Detroit News recently : It was supposed to be a relaxing evening for Garfield Drennan on that cold, late January night. Just before he sat down to watch TV, Drennan’s 69-year-old heart simply stopped. When his wife with the help...
  • Blog Post: Time is Running Out for Medicaid Expansion

    House Bill 4714, legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to 470,000 currently uninsured Michigan residents through the Healthy Michigan Plan, currently awaits action in the Senate. We need your help! If you can answer yes to any of these questions and would like to get involved with the American...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Georgia D. Leventis-Molina

    Georgia D. Leventis-Molina Michigan I am a survivor. On April 1, 2008 I had a stroke. I woke up from a nap and told my husband Jody I couldn’t see straight. He told me to get up and he was taking me to the ER. I had already been there and to the doctor 3 times the past 2 weeks because of...
  • Blog Post: Michigan Student Athlete Saved by On-Site School AED

    There are a growing number of students going into sudden cardiac arrest while participating in athletic activities, making it the leading cause of death in young athletes. For every minute that defribillation is delayed the survival rates drops 7 - 10%. By placing an automated external defbrillators...
  • Blog Post: Get Educated - May is American Stroke Month

    Did you know that May is American Stroke Month? Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death among adults in the U.S. It kills 128,000 people a year – that’s about one in every 19 deaths. Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. On average, every four minutes, someone dies from stroke. ...
  • Blog Post: Michigan's CVD prevention funding

    Curious to learn more about Michigan's CVD prevention funding? Check out these handy fact sheets: