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  • Blog Post: Separating the Truth from the Myths: New Cholesterol Guidelines

    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: A Call to Action: My Rally for Medical Research Day on the Hill

    The following is a guest blog entry from Lisa Bartlett, Illinois You're the Cure advocate and stroke survivor. Lisa attended the Rally for Medical Research in Washington D.C. in September. On September 18th, I joined 250 survivors and advocates to tell Congress to invest in the National Institutes...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brooke Maynard

    Brooke Maynard Springfield, IL November 20th, 2009, should have been the best day of my life. Instead it turned out to be the best and worst day of my life. This is the day I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. I was talking to my mother about my contractions during labor and the next thing I know...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Michele Beck

    Michele Beck Glen Ellyn, IL When I was 33 years old, I went to see my doctor and told her that I had pains in my chest and shortness of breath. I am a petite woman and was thin and young. Therefore, my doctor didn't run one heart test. I continued to see her off and on for one more year. Then...
  • Blog Post: Update from You're the Cure on the Hill 2013

    Six Minnesota advocates have traveled to Washington D.C. to be a part of the 2013 You're the Cure on the Hill! Below is a message from the group: We attended an inspiring Rally for Medical Research this morning in support of restoring $32 million in NIH funding. There were thousands of attendees...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Kimara Ellefson

    Kimara Ellefson Wisconsin They told me that I would not survive to see my 30th birthday. When they found my heart defect in my early twenties, they told me that I would not survive to see my 30th birthday. Today, I am 38. That's eight years of life that are a gift thanks to the amazing research...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kyler Nixon

    Kyler Nixon Council Bluffs It doesn’t get any more personal for Jenny Nixon after working over 10 years for the American Heart Association. In February 2012 her son Kyler’s active life of sports was quickly put to a halt after an MRI showed abnormal thickness in the left ventricle of his...
  • Blog Post: Helmsley Charitable Trust Continues to Help Improve Cardiovascular Care in the Midwest

    The Helmsley Chartiable Trust has once again stepped forward to help improve cardiovascular care in the upper midwest. As you know, the Trust has invested in emergency response care in numerous ways across North and South Dakota, including support for Mission: Lifeline. It was recently announced, that...
  • Blog Post: Ever Wonder how Research Saves Lives?

    A Mitchell, SD, man shares his story of survival from heart disease and his journey to receiving a heart transplant. Read his emotional story from the Mitchell Daily Republic HERE .
  • Blog Post: Research Leads to Minimally Invasive Heart Procedure

    Some patients are not candidates for heart surgery. This article describes a minimally invasive procedure that is being used successfully in North Dakota. To read the article, CLICK HERE .
  • 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: My Story: Katie Krisko-Hagel

    Katie Krisko-Hagel Eagan, MN I am a registered nurse. My Ph.D. is in nursing with a specific focus on heart disease, especially in women. My stroke story is about my mother who died from stroke and heart disease six years ago. It was 1995 when she presented to an emergency room after having experienced...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Megan Koenigs

    Megan Koenigs Kansas At the age of 25, I went into cardiac arrest. On April 29th, I was rushed to the hospital and no hope was given to my family that I would live. I went through hypothermia treatment and was in a coma for 4 days. They weren't sure if I would have any brain damage or if the treatment...
  • Blog Post: My Story - Jill Duis

    Jill Duis Nebraska I have walked with heart disease my entire life. I was born with a complete heart block, meaning the top part of my heart didn't communicate with the bottom part, which meant my heart would only beat 40 beats per minute – about half the normal rate. My parents were...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox on CNN

    A test that could save your baby's life CNN video on Pulse Ox