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  • 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: Advocate Spotlight: Colter's Story

    Bobbie Cross Heart disease has forever changed our family. My son, Colter, was born on November 17, 2011. I had a healthy and normal pregnancy. We were able to take him home 24 hours after, he passed all of the required health screenings and passed as a seemingly healthy baby boy. Unfortunately, the...
  • Blog Post: Spreading the Word

    Guest Blogger: Lisa Michael National Heart Month has come to an end and I want to share a simple way to keep the message going all year: be persistent. Since beginning my advocacy journey with the American Heart Association, I've realized the importance of persistence. I've worked at the...
  • Blog Post: Saving the Lives of Montana Babies- Why You Should Care About Pulse Oximetry Screening

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Andrews, Montana Government Relations Director Imagine bringing home your newborn baby only to return to the hospital hours later with a baby who is barely breathing. Unfortunately, this is what sometimes happens to new parents whose babies have undetected congenital heart issues...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Amanda Andrews

    Hello Montana You’re the Cure Advocates! It’s my pleasure to join you as the new Government Relations Director for Montana. As a native Montanan, I know firsthand about the unique challenges we face and am excited to work with our local and state elected officials to make positive change...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Scott Hunt

    Nearly 30 years ago a young Scott Hunt sat with his Boy Scout Troop as they watched the instructor show them how to perform CPR. Like most Scouts at his age, they were mesmerized by this simple, yet effective means of saving someone’s life if they happened to suffer a heart attack. Many years...
  • Blog Post: Help Coming to Montana for STEMI Patients

    Guest Blogger: Gina Esparza Montana just received a little extra assistance when it comes to saving lives – in the form of a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to implement a three year Mission: Lifeline initiative. Advocates and health leaders from across...
  • 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: Help Us Protect Montana Babies

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Andrews, Montana Government Relations Director The American Heart Association, along with the March of Dimes and the Department of Health and Human Services, is currently working to pass an administrative rule that makes pulse oximetry screening mandatory for all newborns born...
  • Blog Post: Montana 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 Montanans 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: An Update on Our Efforts to Ensure Statewide Heart Defect Screening in Montana

    As we’ve shared with you before, a movement is building across the nation to screen every newborn for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using pulse oximetry. CCHDs are the number one birth defect in newborns affecting roughly 1 in 100 babies. Wider use of pulse oximetry screening, a quick...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Montana Babies!

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Andrews, Montana Government Relations Director As of July 1 st 2014, pulse oximetry screening is mandatory for all newborn babies in the state of Montana. This is a crucial Administrative Rule that was put forth by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services with support...
  • 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: 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: Combating obesity in all our communities

    Guest Blogger: Ashleigh Sharp, American Heart Association Multicultural Initiatives Intern While obesity rates have increased in communities nationwide, the obesity epidemic has disproportionately affected the Native American population. With 1 in 3 suffering from obesity, Native American children...
  • Blog Post: Knowing CPR Saved My Son

    A lifesaving event retold by Kristy Stoner, UT In June 2014, my friend Erin and I planned a pool day together as we decided we would spend the afternoon together at her private community pool, where we could eat lunch and chat while the kids could swim. We both have 4 kids all under the age of 8....
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: My First August Recess Experience

    Guest Blogger: Lisa Michael Until last month, my role as a long-time advocate for the AHA has never brought me to a local legislative office. I've been in on group meetings at both state and national lobby days, yet I've always felt a bit overwhelmed (and slightly intimidated) by the thought...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Bobbie Kane

    A few weekends ago I had the privilege of helping out at my first Heart Walk in Billings, Montana. What a beautiful day and what an amazing event! The people that gathered together to walk and raise funds (and awareness), were awesome. There were survivors that walked and people that had lost loved ones...
  • Blog Post: Trick or Treat?

    Candy Corn, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Swedish Fish, Candy Bar, Bubblegum and Cotton Candy… These may sound like treats the neighborhood kids are hoping to pick up when they go trick-or-treating later this month, but they’re actually the tricks used by companies to hook our kids on...
  • Blog Post: Montana October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month - Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency?

    Written by: Amanda (Andrews) Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director Imagine this scenario: you’re at home with your spouse when suddenly he falls to the ground. Would you know what to do, what to look for, how to help him? Of course, you’d call 911, but there is something else that...