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  • 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: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Janell Husky

    Janell Husky Missouri I have been a registered nurse for the past 30 years. I had some familiarity with heart disease, early on, as my career began with critical care but just not in the cardiac unit. In 2003, I decided to further my career through Nursing Education. This path has allowed me to get...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Keri Mathews

    Keri Mathews Missouri In 2011, our family had the privilege of being featured as the Kansas City Heart Walk family. During this experience, we shared our story of how heart disease has touched our lives through the generations. It was an honor to have shared our story and help further the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Linda Dickson

    Linda Dickson Missouri As we travel down the road of life, we can choose the paths we would like to take but sometimes a path is chosen for us. This path can look very scary at first but then you realize it has made your life even more meaningful. The events on March 22, 2007 chose a path that I would...
  • Blog Post: Register for a Missouri 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: Kim Edmonds

    Kim Edmonds Missouri My story begins, 42 years ago, at birth. From the beginning, I had been diagnosed with a heart murmur, which is not uncommon for newborns. It wasn’t until my sports physical during my senior year in high school until it was ever brought up again. Initially, I was misdiagnosed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Steve Price

    Steve Price Missouri I am an active person and exercise regularly...lifting weights, running, biking etc. I limit fast foods and have a relatively healthy diet. I have a family history of heart disease. My father had a triple bypass; my mother has mild congestive heart failure, two stents and hypertension;...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Velda McMorris

    Velda McMorris Missouri I was 44 when I had a heart attack. At work on a Friday, I began experiencing pain in both arms. After a couple of hours, I called my primary care physician's office and asked to speak to a nurse. When I told her I was having severe arm pain and I thought it might be my...
  • 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: Teri Ackerson

    Teri Ackerson Missouri For years, Teri Ackerson has been working to improve the system of care for Kansas City-area stroke patients. Through her work as the stroke coordinator at Centerpoint Medical Center, and as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Teri...
  • 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: Mindy Andre

    Mindy Andre Missouri I never gave much thought to heart disease before the birth of my youngest son, even though my father had suffered a heart attack years before. "On December 30, 2010 the entire way I thought about many things" shifted. This was the day my son Silas was born, we completely...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ellen Abramson

    Ellen Abramson Missouri On April 27th, 2013, I celebrated my fifth anniversary of surviving a cardiac arrest. Five years ago, my daughter and husband watched as I almost lost my life. The plans changed from a birthday celebration for my daughter to a horrific scene that she will never forget. I helplessly...
  • 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: John Roeder

    John Roeder Missouri My involvement with the American Heart Association provided me the knowledge and education to recognize my own heart problems. In January of 2009 I completed the Disney World Marathon, which was my 7th in 7 years (not bad for a 55 year old). I have been a lifetime runner and...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Missouri is 17th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 –Missouri is now the 17th 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: 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: Aaron Grefrath

    Aaron Grefrath Missouri My story begins in December 2008. I was 37 years old at the time. It was a normal December day as I was gearing up for Christmas Break at work. I was sitting at my desk performing normal day to day operations on my computer. I was feeling fine, the next thing I knew I woke...
  • Blog Post: Governor Nixon Signs Chloe's Law!

    Governor Nixon signed Chloe's Law (HB 230) on Tuesday morning, July 9th at St. Louis Children's Hospital, mandating pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns in Missouri! For over a year, we have been working to pass legislation that would require all newborn babies to be given a pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Austin Redd

    Austin Redd Missouri I left for school the morning of May 13, 2010 just like any other morning...but that day would end up very different than the rest. I collapsed at school because of what we now know was an undetected birth defect. I had no warning signs before my collapse. Due to the quick...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Sally Sharp

    Sally Sharp Missouri I died on January 19, 2011. My story begins on a typical school day...nothing was out of the ordinary and the day was going according to plan. Then, that all changed. I was sitting in my classroom beginning to eat lunch with some of my co-workers. Things began to go terribly wrong...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kelly Manz and Chloe

    Kelly Manz Missouri Chloe's Law, named after Kelly Manz’s daughter, will finally reach the Governor’s desk in 2013! Kelly has worked long and hard to ensure that all Missouri hospitals will be required to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects with Pulse Oximetry before...