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  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes: What You Should Know

    A recent story in the Omaha World Herald got our attention. According to the article, 'Young people are ingesting the nicotine used in e-cigarettes, leading to an increase in calls to poison control centers in Nebraska and across the country." Recent calls to the Nebraska Regional Poison Control...
  • Blog Post: Thank Senators For Life-Saving Appropriation

    Last year, the Appropriations Committee approved $150,000 for 12-lead cardiac monitors for our Rural EMS services. Cardiac monitors with 12-Lead capability are critical in diagnosing a STEMI heart attack … the deadliest type of heart attack. On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Melinda Kentfield

    I want to tell you about my son, Taylor. And as a Mom, I want to do my part in making a difference in your lives, and in turn, asking you to do the same. Taylor Kentfield was born October 12 th , 1991. When he was born, they identified immediately that he had a heart defect. They diagnosed him with...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline expands to Nebraska, anchored by $4.1 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    On March 4th, the AHA had the pleasure of announcing a $5.3 million initiative to expand Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Nebraska. In a collaborative, statewide effort, Mission: Lifeline will be implemented over three years with funding from key partners that share a commitment to improving outcomes...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Brittany Cvitak

    Brittany Cvitak knows first-hand why being an advocate for the American Heart Association is so important - and can have an impact on saving lives. At 21 years old, Brittany is a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) and stroke survivor. Brittany uses her voice to help make change for others. Brittany's...
  • Blog Post: Make Positive Changes During National Nutrition Month

    About 30% of Nebraskans are overweight or obese, including nearly 15% of children. Childhood obesity has become a major health concern, causing health problems in children that previously weren’t seen until adulthood such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Parents are...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Cindy Jeffrey

    When my grandfather was a boy, he was working on the barn with his father when his father died in his arms of a heart attack. His father was in his 40s. His mother died at about the same time, and so, with his older sister, my grandpa -- who loves learning -- dropped out of school, ran the farm and...
  • Blog Post: Health, Prevention and Wellness: Our Focus This Month, Every Month

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown authored the first in a series of articles produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely topics in heart health and wellness. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. In this series, featured experts exam...
  • Blog Post: Studies Show Sugar Tied to Fatal Heart Problems

    With Valentine's Day upon us, candy, soda pop and sweet treats are everywhere! But did you know that It doesn't take all that much extra sugar, hidden in many processed foods, to substantially raise the risk of heart disease? What's more, most Americans eat more than the safest amount. In...
  • Blog Post: The 2014 Nebraska Legislative Session: Our Focus

    The Nebraska Legislature will convene for the 2014 session on January 8th. Once again, the American Heart Association will play an active role in advocating for policies that improve the cardiovascular health of Nebraskans. AHA advocates and staff anticipate another exciting legislative session, and...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Mary Toso

    Mary Toso - You're the Cure Advocate I have become more involved in the American Heart Association in recent years because of my desire to support a health related organization where I can have an impact. There are so many ways to be involved with the AHA and I know I am making a difference for...
  • Blog Post: What is Pulse Oximetry Screening?

    Pulse oximetry screening is a low-cost, non-invasive and painless bedside diagnostic test that can be completed by a technician in as little as 45 seconds to detect Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD). Pulse oximetry testing is conducted to estimate the percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Roy Erlewine

    Roy Erlewine lived the typical American lifestyle. He worked a high stress job in sales that found him in the car and on the road most days. Although he enjoyed running and swimming he often found himself winded because he was a smoker since the young age of 15. He often ate on the road which meant a...
  • Blog Post: Take Precautions when Shoveling Snow

    With winter weather arriving in the form of several inches of snow across the Midwest, the American Heart Association reminds shovelers that the risk of heart attack increases when moving snow. Director of Mission: Lifeline South Dakota, Gary Myers, says the cold and snow can be fatal. Myers says super...
  • Blog Post: New Cholesterol Guidelines - Separating the Truth from the Myths

    Cholesterol is a concern for many Americans. Even those who exercise and eat a healthy diet can be at risk for high cholesterol because of hereditary factors. As you may have heard, earlier this month, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published new guidelines on lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dan Muhleisen

    Dan Muhleisen Nebraska Two years ago I had a stress test because my blood pressure and cholesterol were slightly elevated. The test was normal, but my doctor suggested I come back to discuss medication options. I wish I had. Last February, I headed to Mexico for our annual men’s golf vacation...
  • Blog Post: Walk, Talk, Burn Calories!

    As cold, winter weather becomes reality in the upper Midwest, exercise and being physically active becomes more difficult for Nebraskans. Recently, Live Well Nebraska posted an article by blogger Laura Jane outlining the significant health benefits of walking. According to Jane, “If sitting and...
  • Blog Post: Poll: Most Nebraskans support increasing cigarette taxes to relieve property taxes

    According to a recent poll, a majority of Nebraska voters are in favor of increasing the state's cigarette tax, and using the money to provide property tax relief and smoking-cessation programs. The American Cancer Society released a survey indicating that 68 percent of likely voters in Nebraska...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarette Smoking Increases Among Teens

    A recent editorial in The New York Times sites a recent CDC report showing a notable increase in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. While some believe they are safer than cigarettes...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Test Saved a Baby's Life

    The Nebraska legislature passed a law this year ensuring that all babies born in our state are screened for critical congenital heart defects before they leave to go home from the hospital. We are grateful that Nebraska legislators joined the growing list of states to pass this life-saving legislation...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Lisa Bockman

    Lisa Bockman Nebraska It was a typical Monday night for the Bockman family - they had just finished dinner and were getting ready to watch a movie together. Suddenly, without warning, Lisa collapsed and stopped breathing. Her son Darian, remembering that their neighbor was a nurse, went and got her...
  • Blog Post: Fall Stroke Connection 2013 Available Online

    The American Heart Association is proud to launch the 2013 Fall Stroke Connection publication now available online! In our efforts to continuously provide the most up-to-date information about heart disease and stroke, we are pleased to be provide this publication online to our advocates. The Fall 2013...
  • Blog Post: Health Insurance Marketplace opens Oct. 1

    Individuals, families and small employers can start shopping on Oct. 1 for health insurance under the new Health Insurance Marketplace created under the health care law. The online Marketplace will open in every state and open enrollment will last until March 31. Consumers will be able to check and see...
  • Blog Post: Safety Checklist for Student Athletes Should Include Knowing CPR

    With fall sports upon us, young athletes of all ages are participating in school and club sports across Nebraska. Hot weather and intense, physical practices and games can increase a child's risk for injury and other health-related concerns. NPR recently published a checklist to help parents, educators...
  • Blog Post: Our Story: Amedeo Family

    Amedeo Family Nebraska My husband Ron is many things. He is a loving father to our twins, Peyton and Sophia; a hard worker and provider to support our family, a hockey player, and a survivor. My husband was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy when he was 21.His father was a heart transplant...