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  • Blog Post: Kinnie Douglas Goes the Extra Mile

    Proactive. That's Kinnie Douglas. As the Program Coordinator for Community Health Education at Nacohdoches Memorial Hospital in Texas, she knows the importance of public health and advocacy- and has become a champion for advancing You're the Cure priorities. In addition to responding to calls...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Recess!

    Throughout the summer months, Members of Congress return to their home states for in-district work periods, or recesses, which present an important opportunity for advocates to talk with their Representative and Senators about pressing heart disease and stroke policy issues. Here are some tips for getting...
  • Blog Post: Saving Lives Through Detection

    You’ve helped us pass some lifesaving legislation this year and now we need your help to thank Lawmakers for their work, especially our champions who did a lot of heavy lifting within the legislative process. Thank Arkansas lawmakers for passing Pulse-Ox Newborn Heart Screenings! Elected officials...
  • Blog Post: Our Thank You Tour Continues

    Last we highlighted the success of an important heart defect screening that all newborns in Arkansas will now receive. Now, we would like to highlight another success from the 2013 legislative session. Lawmakers recently approved a measure that will ensure all students receive a onetime CPR training...
  • Blog Post: Historic Strides for Healthcare Access

    When the Arkansas General Assembly wrapped up the 2013 legislative session they made historic strides in improving healthcare, increasing access to health insurance, and putting an emphasis on cheapest form of health care: prevention. With the passage of SB 1020 and HB 1143 thousands Arkansans will have...
  • Blog Post: YTC Volunteer Spreads the Word during National CPR Week

    June 1-7 was National CPR/AED Awareness Week and that means a lot of Heart Association volunteers getting the word out about how to save lives through CPR and AEDs. In Arkansas, You’re the Cure advocate Diana Boulton took it upon herself to educate Congressional offices near her home town. Diana...
  • Blog Post: Mary Ann Orr Tells Her Stroke Story to Ensure Better Outcomes for Others

    This past legislative session in the State of Colorado, we passed Senate Bill 225, thanks to the tireless help of our amazing volunteers. This bill allows for the public recognitions of hospitals in the state that have been nationally accredited as STEMI (a type of major heart attack) and Stroke receiving...
  • Blog Post: Pants Too Tight? Cut the Salt!

    Nine out of ten Americans consume too much salt- and more and more we are hearing about the serious health consequences it leads to. Excess sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, headaches, and more. But did you know that extra sodium may...
  • Blog Post: Colleen and Lucas Wilson - the case for pulse-ox screening

    When Lucas Wilson was born, his doctor had a strange feeling that something wasn’t right. Lucas was born with the standard indicators of a healthy baby: eights pounds, eight ounces, ten fingers, and ten toes. However, Lucas’ doctor took one look at him and knew that something was wrong. ...
  • Blog Post: Lace-Up Your Sneakers... It's Heart Walk Season!

    Fall is just around the corner which means many cities across the country are gearing up for their American Heart Association Heart Walk! These community events bring together thousands of heart disease and stroke advocates to truly ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ when it...
  • Blog Post: Amy Steelman Put CPR Training in Action, Saved Daughters Life

    It was hot, as Oklahoma Augusts tend to be. And with a house full of relatives and birthdays to celebrate, the kids were ready for the pool. After getting her two-year-old daughter Hannah’s bathing suit on, Amy Steelman headed upstairs to change clothes and take her daughter to the pool. When...
  • Blog Post: Survivor, Youth Advocate, Spreads Message in DC

    American Heart Association volunteers from around the country came to the nation’s capital today to urge Congress to invest in the National Institutes of Health for the health and economic security of our nation. The group joined 250 representatives from more than 170 research organizations...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: Irene Lofland Advocates for Women's Heart Health

    Irene Lofland has been involved with the AHA for a few years now and has played many different rolls when it comes to her volunteer efforts. Aside from being involved with our AHA You’re the Cure Network, she is very passionate about raising awareness around women and heart disease, and she hopes...
  • Blog Post: Samantha Johnson: Youth Volunteer, Congenital Heart Defect Survivor

    A typical 18-year-old, Samantha Johnson enjoys dancing, playing basketball, photography, singing in her high school choir and looking forward to college. From all appearances Samantha lives a normal life and if she didn’t show you her scars you would never know that she had a heart transplant at...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Guidelines

    You may have recently heard that the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines on Heart Disease and Stroke prevention and treatment. The guidelines (Lifestyle, Obesity, Cholesterol, and Risk Assessment) will impact millions of Americans and help them live healthier lives free of cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Cold Weather and Cardiovascular Disease

    Th is winter season will bring cooler temperatures and ice and snow for some. It’s important to know how cold weather can affect your heart, especially if you have cardiovascular disease . People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of...
  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Gallery Unveiled at State Capitol

    On February 6 the Central Arkansas Survivor Gallery was unveiled at the State Capitol. At this event 10 Heart and Stroke Survivors were honored in front of a group of over 60 attendees that included family members, local board members, Circle of Red, Red Tie Society, Advocacy volunteers, and members...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Passes Private Option for Healthcare Access!

    On March 4th, just before the legislative session was set to close, members of the Arkansas Legislature voted to continue funding the State’s Private Option for Healthcare Coverage by a 76-24 vote – just one vote more than the three-fourths needed to approve this funding. The importance of...
  • Blog Post: Lunch & Learn Arkansas State Capitol

    On March 5, 2014, the American Heart Association held a Lunch and Learn at the State Capital for You’re the Cure advocates. Senator Linda Chesterfield, a supporter of the Association’s policies, addressed nine volunteers. She applauded their efforts to support, advocate and involve themselves...
  • Blog Post: Mother, Daughter Pair Advocate for Heart

    Suzie Chase Brown and Maggie Brown are two heart survivors who are passionate about advocating for change with the American Heart Association. Both born with Congenital Heart Defects they have told their compelling story to decision makers drafting rules for a bill that will improve how congenital...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Across the SouthWest!

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this year and it was a successful one for advocates in the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX, WY). With your help, we promoted issues dealing with congenital heart defect screening for newborns, CPR training in schools...
  • Blog Post: Chloe Sumrall Saves a Life

    When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant last March, the senior high school student was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee. Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's...