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  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • 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: 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: Life-Saving Technology for Nebraska's Rural Areas

    Twelve-lead electrocardigram equipment is now available in rural Nebraska thanks to grant funding through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Emergency Medical Services. The funding was approved by the legislature during last year's session. What does this mean for...
  • Blog Post: Update from Springfield

    Check out this great update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director, on what's happening in Springfield. All – a quick note from Springfield, where the Illinois Legislature’s annual two-week fall Veto Session has just wrapped up. It’s been a productive couple of weeks...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Butch & Susie Gibbs

    Butch & Susie Gibbs Iowa On April 2, 2004, I was performing in our annual community play which ended a little after 9:00pm and as the play ended, I started having chest pain. Not long after arriving home, I went into sudden cardiac arrest. My wife, Susie, had already called the ambulance when...
  • Blog Post: Study shows citywide policy may help stroke patients recover

    Alex wanted to make sure you saw this article on the importance of having a stroke system of care from the Chicago Sun-Times: A citywide policy enacted in 2011 — involving Chicago ambulance crews taking suspected stroke patients directly to accredited hospitals with accredited stroke centers...
  • Blog Post: AHA Letter to the Editor

    Below is a letter to the editor written by Lynne Braun, our State Advocacy Committee Chair and submitted to newpapers across Illinois. The letter recently ran in the Chicago Sun Times among other publications throughout the state. Editor: Contrary to recent headlines, lead-stories, and popular belief...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Rural Minnesota

    Thanks to the generous support and substantial investment of the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and other valued funders and partners, STEMI patients in rural Minnesota will have a chance at better outcomes. Mission: Lifeline – Rural Minnesota, a three-year initiative led by...
  • Blog Post: Emergency Medical Services and Health Advocates Form Illinois EMS Alliance

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers, health officials, and patient advocates from around the state gathered at the Capitol Building today to announce the formation of the Illinois EMS Alliance and to send an important message – EMS IS ESSENTIAL IN ILLINOIS. Emergency medicine professionals...
  • Blog Post: Illinois EMS Alliance News Release

    Read the news release about the Illinois EMS Alliance, a fast-growing coalition of EMS providers and stakeholders from across the state that support increased resources and smart reforms for EMS. Formed in November of 2012, the Alliance will work to support action on recommendations made in the Illinois...
  • Blog Post: My Story: David Barkley

    David Barkley Danville, IN On October 22, 2011, David experienced a heart attack caused by a 100 percent blockage of the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery of his heart. This type of cardiac event is nicknamed the “widow maker” because blockage of this artery is often associated with...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox on CNN

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