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  • Blog Post: My Story: Jimmy Leiter

    Jimmy Leiter Deerfield, IL I was getting ready to play football during my senior year of high school. I had to see my family doctor to get my physical done, and because of a heart murmur and some other heart issues from when I was younger, the doctor insisted I get an echo. He told me that he wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jessica Petrick

    As North Dakota continues to attract new businesses and the development of our resources, it’s important to also recognize the need for education and awareness of our state’s health risks, especially as it relates to heart disease and stroke. The AHA is excited to announce that Jessica Petrick...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Iowa's Sweethearts

    Iowa's Sweethearts Iowa The American Heart Association Sweethearts are high school girls who actively participate in a program designed to teach them about heart healthy lifestyles and the prevention of heart disease through education and volunteerism. Through the Sweetheart program, these young...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lauren Lutz

    Lauren Lutz Missouri Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters, has several awards hanging on his office wall. He was most proud of the Child Advocacy Award he received, a little over a year ago. The award was for his part in the passage of Jonathan’s Law. "It was the only clean bill out of the House...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Zach Haney

    Zach Haney Kansas As a child I was interested in entrepreneurship. I loved spending time creating business plans and connecting with local professionals. During my freshman year of high school, I created an organization called Teens Taking Action; an organization that strives to inspire and empower...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dayna Krannawitter

    Dayna Krannawitter Nebraska I have seen the difference advocacy makes and I strongly support the efforts of the American Heart Association to make our great state an even healthier place to live. It is wonderful to be able to eat at a smoke-free restaurant and to know that all newborns will be screened...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Story: Ann Thompson

    Ann Thompson South Dakota On May 23, 2012, our seemingly healthy 16-year-old son, Adam, died of a sudden cardiac arrest at home taking a nap. He had no warning; the first symptom was death. The only thing that might have saved his life was an automated external defibrillator, a medical device designed...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Thomas Armstrong

    Thomas Armstrong West Lafayette, IN Thomas Armstrong's Journey In February of 2014 my father, siblings and I were faced with a horrible decision, a life changing decision. He was admitted to the hospital on an emergency basis. We were told my father was suffering from a condition called Peripheral...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kristy Sidlar

    Kristy Sidlar Michigan So there I was on the side of the road by myself, lying next to my bicycle. I was fading in and out of consciousness, honestly wondering if these were going to be my last moments. My plans to compete in the triathlon I was training for were far from my mind. What I was thinking...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Joshua Wynne

    Dr. Joshua Wynne North Dakota Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. has been an advocate for cardiovascular health and wellness for decades. But in addition to helping thousands of patients with heart problems over many years in his role as a clinician, he also practices what he preaches! As Vice...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Beth Keith

    Beth Keith Missouri August 16, 2011 proved to be another wonderful birthday with my husband and children in such an unexpected way, one that I didn’t expect. I didn’t feel very well but chalked it up to being a tired mommy. That evening, while getting ready for bed, I felt the left side...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Danielle Patterson

    Danielle Patterson Kansas No one ever expects to save a man’s life, especially on a Saturday afternoon, in a crowd of 55,000 people and on a day where the temperature was 24 degrees, at best. Little did I know that on this day, at a Kansas State University football game, I not only would perform...
  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Kevin Sypal

    Kevin Sypal Nebraska It was about five years ago when I started to really reflect on my life. I had a great career in the advertising industry. I was married to the love of my life and my best friend, Laura. Together we were raising our first daughter, Claire. Everything seemed perfect, but something...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Story: Michelle Meier

    Michelle Meier South Dakota Michelle Meier knew she needed to make some changes. She had battled obesity for several years, which led to other medical issues and depression. She took medication to control high blood pressure and had to use an inhaler. Michelle was in her late 20’s and recognized...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kristen Waters

    I’ve been with the American Heart Association as the Nebraska Communications Director for the past two years, but my time with AHA extends beyond that. Let me take you back to 2008. I was living in the big city - our nation’s capital – and working for a big time trade association...
  • 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: Advocdate Spotlight: Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee

    In September 2009, Janelle Hoven and Katie Greenlee were invited to join the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon Executive Leadership Team. Janelle and Katie, a mother-daughter team, became involved with the mission of Go Red, the American Heart Association’s nationwide...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Robert Oatfield

    Dr. Robert Oatfield, Professor of Medicine and Cardiac and Peripheral Interventional Cardiologist, has been involved as an advocate for the American Heart Association for decades and has seen the organization grow and change. His interest in advocacy stems from working with community leaders to make...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaelyn Mulcahy

    Kaelyn Mulcahy Apple Valley, MN Last year, when I was 21, I had three strokes. I was at work when the first one happened. I was dizzy and a little disoriented with a bad headache on the left side of my head and sharp pain at the back of my neck. After an hour and still not feeling well I went home...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing the Value of Quality P.E. Education

    Amy Heuer and Lois Mauch North Dakota Quality Physical Education (QPE) today is not recognizable as the physical education classes many of us remember from our schooling. The focus has gone from the rules and regulations and play of specific sports, to the education of the physical abilities needed...
  • 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: Survivor Story: Ryan Radermacher

    Ryan Radermacher North Dakota The rural Casselton farmer, Ryan Radermacher, was only 45 years old when he experienced a STEMI, the most deadly type of heart attack also known as a widow maker. Ryan’s first symptom was heavy sweating followed by not feeling well and shortness of breath, and...
  • 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...