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  • Blog Post: ND Notes a Decline in Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

    According to new research in the American Heart Association journal "Circulation," hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last decade. Shelly Arnold, manager of trauma, stroke and cardiac care at Sanford Health in Bismarck and chair...
  • Blog Post: AHA Issues Statement on E-Cigs

    Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution. AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy...
  • Blog Post: ND Mission: Lifeline Transition to ND Cardiac System of Care

    The American Heart Association ND Mission: Lifeline grant funded program launched on August 1, 2011 and will be coming to a close on August 31, 2014 after 3 years of statewide STEMI system enhancement. The AHA staff have worked diligently with Mission: Lifeline leadership, taskforce members, ND Department...
  • Blog Post: Life is Why is the New Anthem of the American Heart and American Stroke Association

    A celebration of life, Life is Why offers a simple, yet powerful answer to the question of why we do what we do. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we want people to experience more of life’s precious moments. It’s why we’ve made better heart and brain...
  • 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: Many schools prepared for new federal lunch standards

    Thousands of schools around the country have found new ways of providing “smart” snacks for students – well in advance of updated federal lunch standards that begin with the upcoming school year. Schools across the country will be following updated Department of Agriculture rules...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline Results Published and Presented at National Conferences

    The North Dakota Mission: Lifeline project was selected to present at two national conferences in June, 2014. “ Statewide Collaboration in Rural STEMI System Development in Resource Limited Environments- Where You Live Shouldn't Determine If You Live: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline ”...
  • 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: Serving Healthy Food in Schools Shouldn't Be a Puzzle

    Congress is working on appropriations bills and school nutrition standards have been a hot topic in the agriculture appropriations debate. The House bill would allow schools to get waivers from these standards and the Senate bill would delay the sodium standards supported by the AHA. Other amendments...
  • Blog Post: Got a Minute? Learn Hands-only CPR

    If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a spouse, a parent, or a friend. The statistics are clear as 80% of out-of hospital cardiac arrests happening in private or residential settings. Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people...
  • Blog Post: Where's the AED? Selfie Campaign Raises Awareness To Save Lives

    Now that we have raised awareness for the importance of knowing CPR during CPR Week, hopefully you have taken a minute to watch the 60-second video on Hands Only CPR. Share it with your friends and family so that everyone around you knows the basics of 1) calling 9-1-1, and 2) doing compressions hard...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saved My Dad

    Pamela Miller Grassroots Advocacy Director In my work as Grassroots Advocacy Director for the AHA, I advocate every day for policies that improve our cardiovascular health – things like smoke free air, research funding, access to AEDs and learning CPR. I am passionate about our mission and how...
  • Blog Post: F-M Ambulance Receives Silver Award

    We want to congratulate the F-M Ambulance service for receiving the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award. The award recognizes ambulance services for their commitment to improving treatment of patients that suffer from severe heart attacks or STEMI. A STEMI heart attack...
  • Blog Post: Thank Governor Dalrymple for Raising Awareness of High Blood Pressure

    A shocking 159,000 North Dakotans report that they have been told they have high blood pressure, which increases their risk for a heart attack or a stroke – the two leading causes of death for North Dakotans. One of every three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. These statistics demand...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for Supporting the Red River Valley Heart Walk

    Saturday, May 3, the Scheels Arena was filled with fun family activities including a Kids' zone . . . Photos with the queens . . . Heart Health Information . . . Survivor V.I.P. lounge . . . Inspirational Stories . . . Healthy Snacks . . . Public Policy Victory Celebration . . . and of course WALKING—...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jerilyn Alexander

    Jerilyn Alexander North Dakota Jerilyn Alexander is the Stroke Coordinator at Trinity Hospital in Minot, where she is dedicated to improving outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Jerilyn helped to coordinate a Stroke Support group in her community to raise awareness of stroke symptoms and enable...
  • Blog Post: F.A.S.T. - Know the Signs of Stroke

    Stroke Month is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. Stroke is largely preventable. In fact, it is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability...
  • Blog Post: FDA Proposes Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    E-cigarettes have become increasingly more popular since the were first introduced in 2008. Creative marketing and kid-friendly flavors have led to increased usage of e-cigs among young people. Health organizations such as the AHA have worried that the products target young people and could get them...
  • Blog Post: Red River Valley Heart Walk Raises Awareness

    Fighting heart disease and stroke takes volunteers, money, passion and commitment, among other things. The 11th Annual Red River Valley Heart Walk embodies all of those elements - and it's a great opportunity for YOU to get involved with the American Heart Association. There is still time to sign...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Melanie Carvell

    Melanie Carvell is a physical therapist and Director of Sanford’s Women’s Health Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Melanie also leads Sanford Health’s Wellness at Work team which was chosen as an American Heart Association “Fit Friendly Worksite” this year. She has also...
  • Blog Post: Lace up and Walk to Better Health

    The American Heart Association invited all Americans to lace up for their heart health and get moving on National Walking Day, April 2 nd . Walking has many health benefits, and April is the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine! Research has shown that every hour of regular exercise...
  • Blog Post: Encourage State Leadership on Hypertension

    The need for statewide action on hypertension is clear. Hypertension is a leading risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. It’s also preventable and controllable. High blood pressure is treatable, if more North Dakotans are driven to know their numbers, if well managed...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amy Walters

    This month's Advocate Spotlight shines on Amy Walters. Amy has been a passionate You're the Cure advocate for several years, however, her leadership to implement CPR in schools has been instrumental in the success of this life-saving program. Recently, Amy shared with us where her passion for...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Food Choices Start at Home

    The American Heart Association has developed healthy tips, recipes and guides to make it even easier to eat healthier and save money by preparing more meals at home. And what better time for your family to start making healthier food choices than March, which happens to be National Nutrition Month? ...
  • Blog Post: Central Valley and LaMoure Public Schools First to Achieve CPR Smart School Recognition in North Dakota

    LaMoure Public School and Central Valley Public School in Buxton are the first schools in North Dakota to be recognized as CPR Smart by the American Heart Association by including CPR and AED training into their required curriculum for high school graduation. To achieve CPR Smart School recognition...