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  • You're the Cure Advocate Training - Des Moines

    This is your chance to learn about issues affecting heart disease, stroke and obesity during the 2013 legislative session and its impact on you, your family and our state. RSVP HERE in addition to clicking the red "RSVP" button. Lunch will be provided and an email notification with details...
  • Vote “Yes” in TODAYS Des Moines Register online poll!

    You can help. Vote “Yes” in TODAYS Des Moines Register online poll! Read more about the Lockie’s story in this front-page Des Moines Register article . Show your support by voting “Yes” in the online poll , that all Iowa hospitals should perform this screening on every baby...
  • Blog Post: Striving for Better Health in the New Year?

    What steps are you taking to improve your heart health? Are you trying to exercise more, eat better or get more sleep? No matter what it is, every little bit helps, so stick with it. Learn the steps the American Heart Association is taking to fight for your heart health. Join us at YoureTheCure.org and...
  • 2013 Legislative Breakfast

    Come enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast at the Capitol and introduce yourself to your legislator! Stop in anytime between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. In addition to clicking on the RSVP button below, please e-mail Christy Dreiling at christy.dreiling@heart.org . See you then!
  • Blog Post: Go Red to bring Awareness to Heart Disease in Women

    330 fewer women are dying per day, thanks to the Go Red For Women movement, which celebrates 10 years in 2013! Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen. Heart disease in women requires more attention,...
  • CHD Awareness Week Proclamation

    We would love to have you come witness Govenor Branstad signing a proclamation declaring February 7-14th CHD Awareness Week ! The event will take place in the Govenor's office. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending this memorable event. Hope to see you there. Thank You!
  • Blog Post: House Passes Pulse Ox with 88-4 Vote!

    Guess What? The House just passed Pulse Ox with a vote of 88-4! Thank you to everyone for keeping the momentum going! They heard us loud and clear…but even though we are very close to ensuring that all Iowa babies are screened for congenital heart defects, it’s not a done deal yet. We...
  • Blog Post: June= Summer, Fun, & CPR Awareness

    It’s finally summertime! This is the season for activities in the backyard and cookouts with neighbors. However, would you know what to do if a family member or friend experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Eighty percent of SCAs happen outside of the hospital- and unfortunately, the majority...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mandy Forkner

    Mandy Forkner Iowa As a mother, I'm thrilled that the State of Iowa just passed pulse oximetry legislation that requires all newborn babies to be screened for critical congenital heart defects prior to leaving the hospital! Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect. Take it from...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! Governor to Hold Ceremonial Signing of Pulse Oximetry Legislation

    This is the day we have been working towards and waiting for - Governor Branstad will hold a ceremonial signing of the pulse oximetry legislation on Wednesday, July 17th, which will mandate pulse oximetry screenings for all newborns in Iowa. YOU'RE INVITED - Governor's Signing of Pulse Ox...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Butch & Susie Gibbs

    Butch & Susie Gibbs Iowa On April 2, 2004, I was performing in our annual community play which ended a little after 9:00pm and as the play ended, I started having chest pain. Not long after arriving home, I went into sudden cardiac arrest. My wife, Susie, had already called the ambulance when...
  • Blog Post: New FDA Report Reinforces Urgent Need to Prohibit Menthol Cigarettes Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Iowa is 12th Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C., August 15, 2013 –Iowa is now the 12th 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 of increases...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Lashonda Kennedy

    Lashonda Kennedy Iowa I was introduced to the American Heart Association by one of my friends, Terri, who is the Vice President of Government Relations for the Southwest Affiliate. I am so grateful to Terri for introducing me to both the American Heart Association and the world of Advocacy. It has...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger Liz Tatham: Tough Love at the Table

    I would like to introduce you to Guest Blogger and You're the Cure Advocate, Liz Tatham who shares her thoughts on feeding her family in a time when convenience and peer pressure often outweigh healthy choices. Thank you for sharing your story with us Liz - Enjoy! Tough Love at the Table After...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Update on Kyler

    Kyler Nixon Iowa In February 2012, Kyler Nixon’s active life of sports was quickly put to a halt after an MRI showed abnormal thickness in the left ventricle of his heart. Kyler was tested for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is genetic so there are currently no medications or surgeries...
  • 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: Share Your Story: John Jorgensen

    John Jorgensen Iowa I am a paramedic from Sioux City, Iowa and have been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 25 years. I am currently a Training Officer for Siouxland Paramedics, Inc. When I first began in EMS, I started out as a volunteer in a smaller community in North Central Iowa. Shortly...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jennifer Stevenson

    Jennifer Stevenson Iowa It started as an annoying chest pain that wouldn’t go away. It was routinely in the middle of my hectic day that my heart felt like it was going to burst out of my chest because it was beating so fast. This annoying pain that was keeping me from my work and making me...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! - 2014 Breakfast at the Iowa State Capitol

    The 2014 Legislative Session is right around the corner so we wanted to make sure that you get the upcoming "Iowa You're the Cure Breakfast at the Capitol" on your calendar - RSVP now using this link!* *Don't forget to log-in or sign up for the You're the Cure Community When...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ellen Pieper

    Ellen Pieper Iowa On Jan. 30, 2000, at the age 33, Ellen Pieper suffered a stroke. A day she will never forget as it changed the course of her life’s journey. It was super Bowl Sunday, the fourth day of what Ellen describes as the "worst migraine of her life". "I had a 16-year...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the 2014 Legislative Session!

    Creating heart-healthy communities takes more than just changing our own habits – we need to motivate others and speak in one voice. Stay tuned for updates and calls to action as the 2014 Legislative Session begins and we continue to advocate for issues on the local, state and federal level! ...
  • Iowa State Legislative Breakfast - Stop by!

    Start the New Year off right by stopping by to enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast while meeting your lawmakers! It's the perfect time to let them know what's on your mind as they go to work for YOU during the 2014 Legislative Session. Plan on stopping by? RSVP NOW! See you there! Christy Dreiling...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Jane Wolf

    Jane Wolf Iowa On May 3, 2006, I collapsed at home. My heart, after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery two weeks prior, quit. Due to forces I can only understand as divine, my heart started again on its own and allowed time for an ambulance to arrive. To this day, I have no recollection of making...