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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: The State of Obesity: Wisconsin's Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood 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...
  • Blog Post: Let us feature you and your "why"

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. What is your “why?” Tell us why you advocate for heart health...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry - it's official!

    The big news from last week was all about Pulse Oximetry! As of Thursday, July 3, all babies born in Wisconsin will be screened for CCHD prior to hospital discharge. There has been a lot of great media coverage about this - click the link below to read a great article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
  • Blog Post: Across America, 23 million students are eating healthier thanks to Farm to School programs

    A 2012 study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicted that obesity rates in the U.S.could exceed 44% by 2030, costing our country an additional $66 billion per year in medical expenses. But here's the good news: After years of focused initiatives to address...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy in the News

    Click here to read or listen to audio of Brad Gast, Chairman of the American Heart Association's Wisconsin's Advocacy Committee, discuss the victories that made 2014 such a great year for advocacy at the AHA! These successes are driven by volunteers like you. If you'd like to get more...
  • Blog Post: Session may be over, but you can still get involved!

    While the state legislature may not be in session right now, there are still ways we need your help! Stay involved this summer by checking out all the current Action Alerts you can still take part in! Urge Congress to participate in American Stroke Month! May is American Stroke Month,...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Morgan Frain

    Morgan Frain Wisconsin On January 7, 2012, our then 3-year-old daughter, Morgan, had a sudden cardiac arrest due to an undetected rare genetic heart disorder. We were at Lambeau Field at the time of her arrest. We had our then 7-year-old daughter, Hannah, run for help and call 911, while I began CPR...
  • Blog Post: How Healthy is Your County?

    Here's a great, newly updated for 2014 resource for you to check out! You can visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ , click your state and then see where your county stacks up against others when looking at morbidity or mortality, or numerous different health factors. Do you live in one of the...
  • Blog Post: Senate Bill 73 signed by Governor Walker

    The American Heart Association thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing Senate Bill 73, which will create a grant program to assist in creating workplace wellness programs in Wisconsin for small businesses. SB 73 passed with unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats. As health care costs...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Kent & Marcia Seeker

    Kent and Marcia Seeker Wisconsin On April 21st, 2009, my beloved wife, Marcia, suffered a heart attack just as we were going to bed. I wasn't sure WHAT was wrong, but I knew that I needed help and called 911. Amber, the 911 operator, had me relay what was happening then had me begin compression...
  • Blog Post: A big win for Wisconsin!

    On Monday March 3rd, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 523 into law. This bill gives the Department of Health Services (DHS) the authority it needs to add congenital heart defect screenings to the list of screenings that all newborns receive before they leave the hospital. The American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...
  • Blog Post: 2013 top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke science

    New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

    On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. In the 50 years since, the smoking rate in our country has been cut in half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Eric Sarno

    Eric Sarno Wisconsin On July 3rd 2007, I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 37. I developed a sagittal sinus thrombosis (blood clot in my brain). The clot was about the size of your pinky finger. Initially my blood clot was treated with a blood thinning medication called Heparin. The hope...
  • Blog Post: Exciting CHD screening news!

    As you may be aware, the American Heart Association and many other organizations have been working all year on Senate Bill 104 / Assembly Bill 111, legislation that would ensure all newborns in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects prior to hospital discharge. Despite the importance...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: AHA offers Community Innovation Grants

    Did you know that the American Heart Association provides small mini-grants, up to $5,000, for local community projects that help advance our 2020 Impact Goal? The purpose of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Community Innovation Grant initiative is to improve the cardiovascular health...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Mandy Schultz-Briggs

    Mandy Schultz-Briggs Wisconsin I am a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, and mother of 4 children. Ashur, our youngest was found to have abnormalities with his heart at our 20 week anatomy ultrasound. After several additional appointments, we were given a diagnosis of Transposition...
  • Blog Post: Event recap: "An Evening of Advocacy".

    On October 22nd, parents, children and other advocates from around Wisconsin gathered in Milwaukee to advocate for Senate Bill 104 and Assembly Bill 111, legislation that would ensure all newborns born in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects prior to hospital discharge. We had a great...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Cassandra Michels and Clarissa Michels-Naset

    Cassandra Michels and Clarissa Michels-Naset Wisconsin Our names are Cassandra Michels and Clarissa Michels-Naset. We are twin sisters and hope to bring awareness to the fact that heart disease can affect anyone of any age, gender, and physical condition. Cassandra: Growing up on a farm Clarissa...
  • Blog Post: Take action today!

    Have you taken action recently? Here's a few important Action Alerts you may have missed. Click the links below to help the American Heart Association pass life-saving public policy! We need cures not cuts! Medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Wisconsin is 15th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 – Wisconsin is now the 15th most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). After three decades...
  • Blog Post: Great story! CPR and AED use save the life of La Crosse man.

    Quick action from bystanders help save the life of a La Crosse man this August. This is a great story about why knowing CPR and having access to an AED is so important. “Then they stopped the band and asked from the stage whether any medical personnel were in the audience and people came...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox screening in the news

    Check out this recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the efforts to ensure that all babies in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital. The article leads off with a story from one of our You're the Cure advocates: Hope Patchak thought...