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  • 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: A Day in the Life – Rally for Medical Research, 2013

    Written By Marcy Shugert, California The Rally for Medical Research met on September 17-18, 2013 to ask Congress to stop the sequestration of National Institutes of Health (NIH); and I was one of the people chosen to go - it was an unforgettable experience! From beginning to end, I was under the feverish...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Brittni Chicuata

    Guest Blogger: Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director for Advocacy, Greater Bay Area, California I am delighted to write this post as the new Government Relations Director for Advocacy in the Greater Bay Area. As a San Francisco native, I am thrilled to be working in a familiar region, furthering...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Drew Sperling

    Drew Sperling, California Drew Sperling was a college student in good health when he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He had no family history, blood pressure was normal and no other signs or symptoms – other than a minor headache. “I was 21 years old -- I had a small headache, but didn’t...
  • Blog Post: My Motivation

    Guest Blogger: Jacqueline Hernandez The most rewarding aspect about my job has to be working on influential legislation that often saves the lives of many including the amazing staff and volunteers I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. For example, when our Advocacy Team took on the...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart-Healthy Holiday

    This Holiday Season I would like to take this moment to thank you for being an engaged member of our You’re the Cure Network. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous difference on important legislation at the local, state and national levels. The holiday season is fast approaching...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Erica Ralston

    Erica Ralston, Business Development Director, California My Grandfather passed away at the age of 40 after three heart attacks. My mom was 11 and I was not in the picture. But his absence in my life has already been felt. I know it is genetic for my family. I do my best every day to make the choices...
  • Blog Post: Stephanie Goes to Washington DC

    Stephanie L'Archuleta, California This year I was pleased to join other AHA advocates across the U.S. and rally on the Capitol steps in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). My trip to Washington DC was amazing! The weather was perfect (in the 70's) and Washington was beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Meeting the Mission at the Local Level

    Guest Blogger: Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director Advocacy, Bay Area With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year fast approaching, it feels only natural to take the time to reflect on the things for which I am thankful. This year has been quite remarkable, and I must say that...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays from Your Advocacy Team!

    Thank you for partnering with us to promote heart and brain health in 2013. Because of you we’re increasing opportunities for our children to be physically active, improving nutrition standards, creating stroke systems of care, and finding better outcomes for heart patients. We’re excited...
  • Blog Post: Ready for the New Year?

    As you know, the AHA and ASA aims to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing the deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020. Thanks to advocates like you, we’ve made a tremendous progress towards our goals, but we still have a lot of work to do...
  • Blog Post: My Lifesaving Story Experience

    Written by Ryan Fowles, Utah As an Eagle Scout, I was required to learn life-saving skills as part of the first aid merit badge many years ago. When I was 11 or 12 years old, my cousin and I took the first aid class in Gunnison, Utah at the LDS stake center. I remember learning CPR and hoped I would...
  • Blog Post: Join Us for California's Lobby Day

    RSVP for California’s State Lobby Day! On Wednesday, April 23rd dedicated advocates from across the state will meet with state legislators to encourage them to adopt policies that will make California a healthier place to live, including obesity prevention and tobacco control policies. Please...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Kami Sutton

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Western States Affiliate Hi there YTC Advocates! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, my name is Kami Sutton and I am the new Grassroots Coordinator for the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association. As someone...
  • Blog Post: I'm Too Young To Have A Heart Attack

    Part I of a Special Guest Series by Steve Irigoyen, a You’re the Cure Advocate who’s an 8-time heart attack survivor and 2-time stroke survivor The reason I advocate is because someone advocated for me and I want to give back. It’s my turn to go out and save another life. My first...
  • Blog Post: Getting My First Stents

    Part II of a Special Guest Series by Steve Irigoyen, a You’re the Cure Advocate who’s an 9-time heart attack survivor and 2-time stroke survivor After the paramedics arrived and found me on the garage floor, they asked me “on a scale of 1-10 what’s your pain level?”...
  • 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: Last Reminder to RSVP for California's Lobby Day - April 23rd

    California Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday, April 23 rd on the West Steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento. If you haven’t registered already, please RSVP here before it’s too late! This year’s 2014 Lobby Day highlights will include: an opportunity for you to connect...
  • Blog Post: Take Control of Your Health

    Did you know high blood pressure has also been called the “silent killer”? That’s because its symptoms are not always obvious, making the need for regular check-ups important. As we recognize High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, here are the facts: • High blood pressure (aka...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Karen Dionne

    Karen Dionne, Washington At age 37, I envisioned my whole life ahead of me as I was planning my wedding to Michael, the man of my dreams. I was successful at my job as a sales representative at a golf resort. I was physically active, for fun I played co-ed softball, golf, and tennis. My life quickly...
  • Blog Post: Recap: 12th Annual California Lobby Day

    Wednesday, April 23 rd was a big day for the American Heart Association! On this day, we hosted our 12th annual California Lobby Day at the Capitol in Sacramento to raise awareness about heart disease as well as advocate for heart healthy topics designed to make California a healthier place to live....
  • Blog Post: One Million Milestone

    Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Updates from the Capitol

    Can you believe it’s June already? Time really flies when you’re having fun! May and June are busy months at the Capitol, and things tend to change VERY fast. In this post, I will provide a quick update on the status of AHA/ASA pending priority legislation. The AHA/ASA is proud to sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Newest Member of the Advocacy Team: Violet J. Ruiz

    Written by Violet R., Government Relations Director, Los Angeles Hello YTC advocates! It is my pleasure to write this post as the new Government Relations Director in Los Angeles. It is an honor to serve the American Heart Association in building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and...
  • Blog Post: Have a Heart Healthy Summer

    Guest Blogger: Kami Sutton, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Happy Summer, You’re the Cure Advocates! As the temperatures are rising and we are all preparing for the fun activities of summertime, I thought I would share with you my favorite low sodium summertime recipe! As a congenital heart...