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  • Blog Post: Ground-Breaking Illinois Stroke Bill Signed into Law

    Thanks to dedicated volunteers like you, on Monday, August 18, 2014, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5742, new stroke legislation into law taking a big step forward in emergency care for stroke patients in Illinois. HB 5742 was approved by the Illinois legislature on May 22, having been introduced in...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Dina Piersawl

    Dina Piersawl Chicago, IL I suffered a mini-stroke on January 2, 2004, but my story began a few days earlier during the holidays. I was visiting my parents in Kentucky and had a nagging headache. My mother told me that my eyes looked funny and asked me what was wrong - a mother always knows when there...
  • 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: 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: Stratis Health Awards Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Check out this article featuring AHA's Justin Bell and advocate Albert Tsai, posted by the Minnesota Department of Health on Stratis Health's 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award. Stratis Health, Minnesota’s state quality improvement organization, recently announced six recipients...
  • Blog Post: Another Great Year for Heart-Health Policy in Minnesota

    Thanks to the hard work of advocates like YOU, Minnesota had another great year in moving heart-health policies forward. Together, we have worked to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and we have much to celebrate this year! Below is a brief summary of the bills we helped...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Receives Better Stroke Treatment

    Check out this article from the Public News Service, and learn how the acronym "FAST" can help memorize the symptoms of a stroke, and how Minnesota is receiving better stroke treatment. ST. PAUL, Minn. - National Stroke Awareness Month is quickly coming to a close, but it's hoped lessons...
  • Blog Post: American Heart/Stroke Association honor Stroke Champions in Springfield

    On May 22, in honor of American Stroke Month, volunteers from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association gathered to recognize former Representative Bob Biggins, Representative Robyn Gabel and Senator Heather Steans for their work to improve outcomes for stroke patients over the last...
  • 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: Minnesota Hospitals Get Stroke-Ready

    The most recent news release from the Minnesota Department of Health encourages Minnesota hospitals to get stroke-ready designation. Check out the article below! The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging Minnesota hospitals to seek a new stroke-ready designation as part of National Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Kirk Disrude demonstrates that STROKE IS BEATABLE

    It was early in the morning, September 2011. Kirk Disrude went to reach for a shirt in his closet and felt a sharp pain, "like a rubber band snapping" in his brain. As the room spun around him, he lost his balance and fell. He called for his wife Beth, and that’s the last memory he can...
  • Blog Post: Illinois senator Mark Kirk invites AHA volunteers, staff to participate in stroke panel discussion

    Check out this photo from the Chicago Sun-Times featuring a couple of our top volunteers and Northwestern, physicians, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones (Chicago board president, on the right) and Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran (stroke systems advocate, second from left), at a news conference with Senator Mark Kirk, a stroke...
  • Blog Post: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Stroke News Update - Minnesota Stroke System Launch, March 2014

    Minnesota Stroke System Newsletter March 2014 Spring is finally here! You know what that means: walking outside without a winter coat; the singing of birds; and, of course, the launch of the Minnesota Stroke System! After months of preparation, we are ready for implementation. The first phase of...
  • Blog Post: Major Stroke Legislation Introduced in Illinois

    Major new stroke legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate with the goal of keeping stroke care in Illinois moving forward.  Drafted by special committee of stroke professionals from across the state, including several AHA/ASA volunteers, House Bill 5742 and Senate Bill 3520 are progressing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Shauna Brick

    Shauna Brick Shakopee, MN What couldn’t a girl say about her father? He watched you grow from daddy’s little girl to an independent woman, teaching you valuable life lessons and sharing in all your special moments along the way. In 1998, I almost lost my father to a life threatening stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kirk Disrude

    Kirk Disrude Illinois Kirk Disrude was a healthy, 38-year-old PE teacher and coach. On September 6, 2011, he reached for a shirt, only to feel “as if a rubber band had snapped in my head. I totally lost my balance and fell,” he said. “I sat there for minute and thought, ‘This...
  • Blog Post: Minnesota Launching Effort to Improve Stroke Care

    St. Paul, Minn- Today is World Stroke Day, and stroke continues to be one of the leading killers in Minnesota and across the nation. However, a new effort set to start up in Minnesota in the New Year should mean better care and outcomes there. According to Dr. Albert Tsai, director of the Minnesota...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Primary Stroke Center Law Finalized in Time for World Stroke Day

    Observed on Oct 29, World Stroke Day helps educate the public about warning signs and raises awareness for this preventable, treatable and beatable disease. Time is critical in any medical emergency, and that is especially true during a stroke, when time lost is brain lost. Thankfully, the door is...
  • 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: Lisa Bartlett

    Lisa Bartlett Downers Grove, IL When I was 23, I suffered a stroke in my left caudate nucleus. As I frequently had migraines in the past, I thought I was having the worst migraine of my life. I did not know what was happening until my roommate recognized that I was limping on the right side, one of...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Con Olson

    Con Olson Kansas I originally became involved with the American Heart Association through my career. As a paramedic, we recognized the American Heart Association as the gold standard for our CPR and ACLS courses. Over time, I have had the opportunity to provide training certifications, become a BLS...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bertina Patterson

    Bertina Patterson Indianapolis, IN It was the day that changed my life. I worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. While in the middle of passing the daily medications, I had a severe headache and started dropping items. I went to the head nurse and told her what was happening. She noticed that...
  • Blog Post: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

    More funding coming to Indiana to address heart disease, stroke, diabetes, school health and worksite wellness. It is anticipated Indiana will receive a little more than $1.7 million to help combat obesity and prevent heart disease and stroke. To read more about this new funding, please visit the link...
  • Blog Post: State of Indiana Finally Receives Heart Disease and Stroke Funding

    The Indiana State Department of Health announced it has received a four-year health screening-related grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant was awarded to the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and will be used to implement the Well-Integrated Screening for Evaluation...