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

    E-cigarettes are in the news. State and federal officials continue to seek scientific data to understand the effect these devices have on consumers. We think there are things you should know about e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that are disposable or have refillable cartridges...
  • Blog Post: Big Squeeze Kick Off - Know your Numbers!

    The best way to know if you are at risk for high blood pressure, is to know your numbers! The City of Sioux Falls wants to help residents to identify, manage and control high blood pressure. April 1st was the official kick-off of the fourth annual blood pressure awareness campaign called The Big Squeeze...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Brian Hambek

    Most 14 year old kids are not looking for CPR and First Aid certification unless directed that way through organizations like Boy Scouts and that’s where it started for me. I was proud to put a CPR Certification card in my wallet not knowing where it would take me. On a Saturday morning when...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Moves One Step Closer to CPR in Schools

    South Dakota will soon join the growing list of states who are training the next generation of life-savers! In South Dakota, that means 11,000 new life-savers in our communities each and every year. SB 145, the CPR in Schools bill, has had an interesting journey through the legislative process. In...
  • Blog Post: March is National Nutrition Month

    About 30% of South Dakotans 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...
  • Blog Post: Youth Advocate Spotlight: Shayla Rost

    Shayla Rost, and kids like her, are the future of our advocacy efforts. And Shayla’s not wasting any time getting involved and making a difference! The South Dakota legislature is considering a measure that would encourage all schools in the state to provide CPR instruction prior to high school...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Legislature to Consider CPR in Schools

    A bill before the South Dakota legislature will get its first committee hearing on February 10th. Senate Bill 145 would require that all students receive Hands Only CPR instruction prior to high school graduation. The training would also include how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). The...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rhonda McDonnell

    Three months before her 40 th birthday, Rhonda McDonnell had a heart attack. Rhonda is a healthy, active, single mom of three kids. She is a non-smoker with no family history of heart problems. Rhonda did not know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, so when it happened to her, she had no idea...
  • Blog Post: 10-Year Old Reagan Spomer Selected to Serve on Youth Advisory Board

    Reagan Spomer, a 4th grade student at Washington Elementary School in Pierre, has been selected to serve on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board. Reagan was chosen to serve because of her passion to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by inspiring her peers, schools...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota State Legislative Agenda

    The South Dakota legislature will convene for the 2014 session on January 14th. Once again, the American Heart Association will play an active role in advocating for policies that improve the cardiovascular health of South Dakotans. AHA advocates and staff anticipate another exciting legislative session...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Mary Toso

    Mary Toso South Dakota 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 my family, my community...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Improving Heart Attack Response Time

    Heart attack care in South Dakota is changing - and improving outcomes for patients. Three years ago, the Helmsley Charitable Trust provided grant funding to equip all ambulances in South Dakota with 12-lead ECG monitors in an effort to diagnose a STEMI heart attack during ambulance transport, rather...
  • 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: My Story: Sheri Keck

    Sheri Keck South Dakota Sheri Keck is an active, 54 year old physical education teacher and a coach at Rapid City Stevens High School. Her first indication of trouble came in the form of back pain after a road trip which she wrote off as fatigue from the long car ride. Less than two months later Sheri...
  • 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: Abby Vostad

    Abby Vostad South Dakota Heart failure and high blood pressure run in my family. For many years, I used genetics as an excuse to be apathetic about my health and weight. My paternal Grandmother and I were very close for as long as I can remember. She was a bold woman who meant the world to me. One...
  • Blog Post: November 10 is Smoke Free South Dakota Day

    Communities across the state of South Dakota proclaimed November 10 th as Smoke Free South Dakota Day in recognition of the three year anniversary of our statewide smoke free law. Our smoke free law is a contributing factor in a 14% reduction in heart disease hospitalizations from 2009-2011, and for...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Project Gives Hope to Heart Attack Patients in South Dakota

    Three years ago, a historic $8.4 million dollar gift from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the American Heart Association began the process to improve the system of care for heart attack patients in South Dakota. The Mission: Lifeline program has changed the landscape of cardiac...
  • Blog Post: Increase in E-Smoking Among Teenagers

    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: Heart Walks Raise Awareness; Achieve Goals

    More than 700 volunteers, advocates and donors participated in the Rapid City and Pierre Heart Walks in September. Beautiful, fall weather in both locations brought people from across western South Dakota together to support the efforts of the American Heart Association. While dollars are still coming...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dave Amundson

    Dave Amundson South Dakota Dave Amundson understands how important education and awareness is when recognizing the signs of a heart attack. Thankfully, Dave remembered hearing that you should take an aspirin if you think you are experiencing a heart attack. That may have saved his life. Dave also...
  • 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 Should Include CPR To Save Lives

    With fall sports upon us, young athletes of all ages are participating in school and club sports across South Dakota. 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...
  • Blog Post: Newborn Screening Test Likely Saves Infant

    States across the country are taking advantage of new technology and implementing a newborn congential heart defects screening bill in their states. Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test that can detect a possible congenital heart defect (CCHD) in newborns. South Dakota joined the growing list...