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  • Blog Post: Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How Are They Different?

    What is a heart attack? A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. If the blocked artery is not reopened quickly, the part of the heart normally nourished by that artery begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight: Rebecca and Brian, Delaware

    Rebecca and Brian My son Brian went into sudden cardiac arrest on May 2, 2010, at the age of 15. He was not an athlete, had no prior health issues and was seen by his pediatrician only 2 weeks earlier for allergies. He walked down the street to a friend's house where there was a family picnic...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lee Meadows, Ohio

    Lee Meadows Ohio After my recovery from open heart surgery in 1999, I wanted to give back the support that I received so I joined Mended Hearts, a group that offers much needed emotional support to those recovering from heart disease. I have been an accredited visitor in local hospitals ever since...
  • Blog Post: Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: What is cardiac arrest?

    October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Many people confuse cardiac arrest with a heart attack. Let's take a look at the differences. What is cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease . The time and...
  • Blog Post: Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month: The Importance of AEDs

    This month is cardiac arrest awareness month. Several posts have dealt with key issues related to cardiac arrests. Now, let's focus on the importance of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs. An AED is a lightweight and portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to the...
  • Blog Post: Advocates in Action: Mr. Embleton goes to Washington

    My experience in DC was one of the most uplifting and energizing experiences I have ever had. I hope to participate in future years. Attending the Rally for Medical Research was important to me because my family has been impacted by heart disease. None of the males in the last four generations of my...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: John Pribanic

    John Pribanic At 104 years old, John Pribanic is an inspiration and a model of one who has lived and fought to maintain an active and heart-healthy life. Several years ago, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and high blood pressure and was supposed to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker. However...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tony Lindeman, Ohio

    Tony Lindeman Ohio The morning of September ‎29‎, ‎2012, ‎started like all my previous ‎16‎,‎911 ‎days as I woke up before my alarm, jumped out of bed and was soon ready to take on the challenges of the day‎. ‎My first challenge that day ‎was completing...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mark Shacklette

    Mark Shacklette In February of 1967, my father, Dr. Charles L. Shacklette, died of a heart attack. He was only 45 years old and I was only 14 months old. In November of 2007, I also had a heart attack: a "widow-maker." And this still happened despite all the precautions I had taken. I was...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kathy Minx and Al Lessie

    Kathy Minx and Al Lessie My husband, Al, has very high cholesterol - around 450! It is from his mother's side of the family and no one on that side of the family lived past age 50. He had already had a major heart attack at age 31 and had open heart surgery at that time. He was actually one of...
  • Blog Post: Will Freeman, Kentucky

    Will Freeman Kentucky When his younger brother's friend nearly died at a birthday party, Will Freeman decided to take action--by teaching hands-only CPR to his peers at Henry Clay High School. In addition to recently training his entire class of over 500 students, the Lexington, Kentucky, senior...
  • Blog Post: Small Group Makes Big Impact at the Ohio Statehouse!

    On March 25th, a small, but mighty, group of fantastic You're the Cure advocates gathered at the statehouse to meet with legislators in support of CPR training for Ohio's high school students. More than 80% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home so training our young adults in this lifesaving...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Graduate a New Generation of Lifesavers in WV!

    Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur at home. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 7-10 percent. That's why it's important that we all learn how easy---and critical...
  • Blog Post: Senate Leaders Block Kentucky's CPR Bill

    Despite Kentucky's CPR in Schools bill passing the House of Representatives unanimously and the overwhelming support and outreach to lawmakers from fantastic You're the Cure advocates like you, ultimately Senate leaders blocked the measure from being heard in the Senate. Each year, nearly 424...
  • Blog Post: Grace Firestone

    Grace Firestone Delaware On June 4th, 2011, I spoke at my high school graduation at Tower Hill in Wilmington, Delaware. I was in peak health, with hopes of playing collegiate soccer in the fall. Two days later, I went tubing on the Brandywine with my best friend, and trained at the local YMCA in the...
  • Blog Post: Ella Thomas Beames

    Ella Thomas Beames My name is Ella Thomas Beames. I’m 11 years old. I live with my mom and dad and my dog, Lucky, that we adopted a year ago. He’s awesome. I’m a UofL fan and I love Jennifer Lawrence – she’s my idol. Friday, September 2, 2011, started out like any...
  • Blog Post: Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray

    Laura Gipe and Jacob Murray When nurse Laura Gipe trained her grandson's Boy Scout troop in lifesaving CPR, she never imagined that, at just 15-years-old, he would use that skill to save her. Watch Laura and Jacob's touching story. Like Laura's, 88% of sudden cardiac arrests occur...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tonii Rizzo

    Tonii Rizzo Kentucky In April 2006, Tonii Rizzo was the picture of health. An avid runner who exercised every day, he never expected to have a "widow maker" heart attack that would forever change his life. According to Tonii (pictured here with Senator Julie Denton), the good news is that...