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  • Blog Post: Paramedics Step Up to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Paramedics in Carmel, Indiana, a fast-growing community just outside Indianapolis are stepping forward to reduce hospital admissions by implementing the Mobile Integrated Health Care program. In the past decade, according to the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum , close to 300 fire departments, ambulance...
  • 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: AHA Joins Forces with Million Hearts®

    American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is proud to join forces with Million Hearts® to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Million Hearts® is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings...
  • Blog Post: National Healthy Eating Day: Your Toolkit for Success

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. Celebrating National Eating Healthy Day is fun and easy! We provide...
  • Blog Post: Former Jamestown Student Saves Child’s Life Spurs CPR Smart Conversation

    The importance of making CPR and AED training into a required curriculum for high school graduations has become an important point of conversation in the Jamestown School System after hearing of a former Jamestown High School student who saved a child’s life while babysitting. Jamestown High...
  • Blog Post: State of Obesity Report: North Dakota

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on 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 Robert Wood...
  • 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: 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...