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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure advocates gathered in Madison this week for a successful Wisconsin State Lobby Day!

    American Heart Association volunteers from around the state gathered in Madison on May 7th for a day of advocacy. Attendees spent the morning learning the issues then hit the Capitol for meetings with lawmakers to discuss Senate Bill 104 and Assembly Bill 111, legislatio n that would ensure all newborns...
  • Blog Post: Milwaukee advocates: you still have opportunities to learn Hands-Only CPR

    Here's a great opportunity for anyone in Milwaukeee to learn Hands-Only CPR - there are still two training opportunities available! Click here for more information and to sign up for a training! By the end of 2013, 6,000 Milwaukee residents will be turned into lifesavers at Learn Hands-Only...
  • Blog Post: Governor Walker issues proclamation for American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day!

    Good news! Governor Scott Walker recently issued an official proclamation recognizing February 2013 as American Heart Month and February 1, 2013 as National Wear Red Day!
  • Blog Post: Wisconsin tobacco prevention and cessation article

    "Wisconsin collects the eighth highest cigarette tax in the nation but spends less than one penny of every tobacco tax dollar on efforts to help smokers quit and discourage young people from picking up the habit." Click here to read the rest of the story: http://www.jsonline.com/features...
  • 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: Over $3.3M in Safe Routes to School grants announced!

    "Governor Scott Walker today announced grants totaling $3,388,573, which will assist 17 Wisconsin communities with Safe Routes to School projects in 2013. The federally-funded reimbursement program encourages children in grades K-8 to walk or bike to school, when safe and practical." Click...
  • Blog Post: Wednesday is National Eating Healthy Day!

    The opportunity to choose a President comes only once every four years, but the opportunity to choose a healthier lifestyle comes every day. Wednesday, Nov. 7 is National Eating Healthy Day, a call out by the American Heart Association to raise awareness for the importance of good nutrition and making...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Michelle Demeuse

    Michelle Demeuse Wisconsin My Story... I was in the eighth grade and was sitting at home doing homework and watching my mother make fried chicken. I had watched her paced back and forth from the kitchen to the bathroom and finally into our formal living room where she was holding her left arm,...