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  • Blog Post: 7 Million Enrolled: An Affordable Care Act Update

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That makes the progress made during this first 6-month open enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace something to recognize. When open enrollment closed on March 31 st , 7.5 million Americans...
  • 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: Celebrate CPR Training in Schools with a Big Thank You

    With your help, we made it happen. Breanna’s Law is now official law in Maryland, and will ensure that all our high school students complete a hands-only CPR course before they graduate. This is cause for celebration! Send a big thank you to your legislators ! Right now across our country...
  • Blog Post: We Need to Come Together to End Stroke in Massachusetts

    May is stroke month, which makes it the perfect time to ask our legislators to act quickly on critical legislation that would require high quality of care for stroke patients in the Commonwealth. Stroke is the nation's No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability, every year, about...
  • Blog Post: Spend 30 minutes Learning Hands-Only CPR to Give the Gift of a Lifetime

    A twelve year old girl learned CPR in school on a Friday, and only 8 days later she used that lesson to save her grandfather’s life. A young man was shopping in a clothing store when a gentleman near him dropped to the ground. He sprang into action using CPR skills he had learned not long before...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Named a Unsung Heroine of Massachusetts

    I am always so excited when our volunteers and advocates are recognized for their hard work! Diane Pickles was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) as an Unsung Heroine. The MCSW is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance woman of the...
  • Blog Post: The Way to Help Virginia's Uninsured Get Coverage

    Insured individuals are more likely to take their medication, more likely to control their blood pressure, and more likely to check their cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s evaluation is that access to health insurance is critical to the goals of...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter, so I had to ,” said Joel. Gwyneth’s...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: RI Department of Health Releases Proposed Regulation

    Earlier this year, the American Heart Association, little heart heroes in red superhero capes, and families from Mended Little Hearts met with Governor Chafee to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. Dempsey, age 44, said she...
  • Blog Post: 2 Days Left and So Much to Do!

    With only two days left before the legislators break for the summer we need a last push to get some critical legislations to help our kids passed. The House still needs to take action on legislation that would require all coaches to know CPR, restricting the sale and use of E-Cigarettes, and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: Be One In A Million

    Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Leads the Way for Decreasing Uninsured Rate

    A recent Gallup article indicated that Arkansas is leading the way for reducing the rate of the uninsured population. Arkansas passed the “Private Option” allowing hundreds of thousands of Arkansas residents access to private health insurance. Here is more from the Gallup story: --------...
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island to Require Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns

    Good news for Rhode Island's tiniest hearts! The RI Department of Health recently finalized a regulation that adds critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the mandatory newborn screening panel in the Ocean State. The new requirement will take effect on July 1, 2015. Implementation is well underway...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces Plan to Help Improve Health Equity for Women and Minorities

    A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities, and the elderly in research trials was welcomed today by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called...
  • Blog Post: Malenda McCalister, Kentucky

    Malenda McCalister Kentucky On September 18th, more than 300 advocates from over 100 organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to rally in support of ongoing funding for medical research, and You're the Cure advocate and heart disease survivor, Malenda McCalister, was excited to be among them. ...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Your Story Can Save Lives!

    There is nothing that brings about public and legislative support for an issue more than a real-life story from someone close to home. Your personal stories can make our advocacy issues real by putting a face to a cause. Please share your stories about how sugary drinks or obesity have impacted you...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks...
  • Blog Post: Year in Review: Look What YOU Have Done!

    The American Heart Association’s commitment to building a culture of health is why we seek to advance science-based public policy initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. To be successful in this endeavor, we use a combination of legislative strategy, lobbying, and media advocacy, along...
  • Blog Post: Vance Lobe - What the Affordable Care Act means for me

    Vance Lobe It’s been almost one year now since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges were implemented and I thought it was time to reflect on how this has affected my life. I am a two time heart attack survivor, starting with the first one about five and a half years ago. I was gainfully...