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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: What a Good System of Care Looks Like

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Government Relations Director For the last few months, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has teamed up with emergency medical service (EMS) providers, hospitals, healthcare providers, public health, health insurers, legislators, community members...
  • Blog Post: Michael Goes to Washington

    On September 18th, I joined survivors and doctors from health organizations across the country to storm Capitol Hill as an advocate for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding . It was a wonderful experience for me personally and while I am on the Board for the American Heart Association in Idaho...
  • Blog Post: Cody's Story

    Written By Jami Fitzpatrick, Idaho On June 1 st , 2009 my son, Cody, was found at the bottom of a swimming pool while visiting the local community pool with family members. He was quickly pulled from the pool. He was not breathing and his heart had stopped beating. Unfortunately, the present adult...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: A Look Back at Idaho Youth Lobby Day 2014

    On January 7th over 50 American Heart Association volunteers hit the Idaho Capitol Building for Idaho Youth Lobby Day. That morning they received training on the importance of physical education and CPR as a high school graduation requirement. We also trained them to become “lobbying ninjas,”...
  • Blog Post: Why CPR Training Matters to Me

    Guest Blogger: Jami Fitzpatrick June 1 st , 2009 my son Cody’s life was saved, after he had stopped breathing, by a bystander that performed CPR. The bystander learned CPR while she was in high school. After this event I became a CPR Instructor and passionately shared the knowledge and advocacy...
  • 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: Advocate Highlight: Idaho-AHPERD

    In association with the American Heart Association, Idaho-AHPERD has been working diligently for the past two years to strengthen Physical Education (PE) requirements in the state of Idaho. Meetings were conducted to poll the top priorities for PE requirements and included physical education teachers...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at the 2014 Idaho Legislative Session

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Idaho Government Relations Director The 2014 Idaho Legislative Session was a very successful one for the American Heart Association. We passed three major pieces of legislation that will build lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. First, the Legislature...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Highlight: Mark Dunham

    Mark Dunham, Idaho I have been a lobbyist in Idaho since 1984. I was the CEO of the Idaho Association of REALTORS for almost 20 years, BSU’s lobbyist for 3 years, the Vice President of IACI, and starting in November of 2007, I was the Executive Director of the Idaho Associated General Contractors...
  • Blog Post: Smokefree Efforts are Gaining Ground Around the State

    Guest Blogger: Adrean Cavener, Idaho Government Relations Director The smokefree efforts are really gaining momentum in Idaho! After the recent passage of the state’s most comprehensive smokefree ordinance in Ketchum, other cities have been taking notice and looking at ordinances of their own...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Cody Fitzpatrick

    Cody Fitzpatrick, Idaho Cody Fitzpatrick is one of our newest volunteers at the American Heart Association in Idaho. When Cody was just 5 years old, he was found at the bottom of the community pool he was visiting with family. A bystander, Jennifer, or Cody’s “angel” as the Fitzpatrick...
  • Blog Post: What Could Be More Important?

    Guest Blogger: Pat Tucker I have met two people in my entire life who have been saved by CPR. Both of them beautiful young boys who understood at their tender ages that they would not be alive today without someone bringing them back to life with CPR. They both seem to have a special sense of their...
  • Blog Post: Idaho Do You Know How To Do Hands-Only CPR?

    Last week was National CPR Awareness Week and I wanted to ask for your help. Too few Idahoans know how simple it is to learn and perform Hands-Only CPR—but with your help, we can change that. Would you share this video PSA about Hands-Only CPR on Facebook? Educating your friends and family...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Help Make Our Communities Smokefree

    The American Heart Association as a member of the Smokefree Idaho coalition is working to make communities across our state smokefree. With help from advocates like you we have helped pass smokefree ordinances in Boise and Ketchum that include all indoor places including bars. There is overwhelming...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Max Stein

    Max Stein, Idaho This month, we wanted to feature and thank our Smokefree Idaho Community Educator, Max Stein. Max has been working tirelessly in communities across the state to educate individuals and businesses on the harms of secondhand smoke. Because of his work, Smokefree Idaho has reached an...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: Join Us at the 1st Annual Treasure Valley Saving Strokes Event

    Are you a stroke survivor or a caregiver to a stroke survivor? If so we would like to invite you to join us at our 1st Annual Treasure Valley Saving Strokes event! The Saving Strokes program began in 2001 with 26 participants. The vision was to offer stroke survivors an opportunity to participate...
  • Blog Post: J. Antonio G Lopez, MD FAHA

    J. Antonio G. Lopez, MD FAHA The American Heart Association (AHA) has supported and played a pivotal role throughout my career in cardiovascular research, leading to my focus on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Presently, I am the Director of Preventive Cardiology, the Lipid...