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  • Blog Post: Lace-Up Your Sneakers... It's Heart Walk Season!

    Fall is just around the corner which means many cities across the country are gearing up for their American Heart Association Heart Walk! These community events bring together thousands of heart disease and stroke advocates to truly ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ when it...
  • Blog Post: Amy Steelman Put CPR Training in Action, Saved Daughters Life

    It was hot, as Oklahoma Augusts tend to be. And with a house full of relatives and birthdays to celebrate, the kids were ready for the pool. After getting her two-year-old daughter Hannah’s bathing suit on, Amy Steelman headed upstairs to change clothes and take her daughter to the pool. When...
  • Blog Post: Survivor, Youth Advocate, Spreads Message in DC

    American Heart Association volunteers from around the country came to the nation’s capital today to urge Congress to invest in the National Institutes of Health for the health and economic security of our nation. The group joined 250 representatives from more than 170 research organizations...
  • 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: Irene Lofland Advocates for Women's Heart Health

    Irene Lofland has been involved with the AHA for a few years now and has played many different rolls when it comes to her volunteer efforts. Aside from being involved with our AHA You’re the Cure Network, she is very passionate about raising awareness around women and heart disease, and she hopes...
  • Blog Post: Samantha Johnson: Youth Volunteer, Congenital Heart Defect Survivor

    A typical 18-year-old, Samantha Johnson enjoys dancing, playing basketball, photography, singing in her high school choir and looking forward to college. From all appearances Samantha lives a normal life and if she didn’t show you her scars you would never know that she had a heart transplant at...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Guidelines

    You may have recently heard that the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines on Heart Disease and Stroke prevention and treatment. The guidelines (Lifestyle, Obesity, Cholesterol, and Risk Assessment) will impact millions of Americans and help them live healthier lives free of cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Cold Weather and Cardiovascular Disease

    Th is winter season will bring cooler temperatures and ice and snow for some. It’s important to know how cold weather can affect your heart, especially if you have cardiovascular disease . People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of...
  • 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: Survivor Gallery Unveiled at State Capitol

    On February 6 the Central Arkansas Survivor Gallery was unveiled at the State Capitol. At this event 10 Heart and Stroke Survivors were honored in front of a group of over 60 attendees that included family members, local board members, Circle of Red, Red Tie Society, Advocacy volunteers, and members...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Passes Private Option for Healthcare Access!

    On March 4th, just before the legislative session was set to close, members of the Arkansas Legislature voted to continue funding the State’s Private Option for Healthcare Coverage by a 76-24 vote – just one vote more than the three-fourths needed to approve this funding. The importance of...
  • Blog Post: Lunch & Learn Arkansas State Capitol

    On March 5, 2014, the American Heart Association held a Lunch and Learn at the State Capital for You’re the Cure advocates. Senator Linda Chesterfield, a supporter of the Association’s policies, addressed nine volunteers. She applauded their efforts to support, advocate and involve themselves...
  • Blog Post: Mother, Daughter Pair Advocate for Heart

    Suzie Chase Brown and Maggie Brown are two heart survivors who are passionate about advocating for change with the American Heart Association. Both born with Congenital Heart Defects they have told their compelling story to decision makers drafting rules for a bill that will improve how congenital...
  • 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: You're the Cure Across the SouthWest!

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this year and it was a successful one for advocates in the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX, WY). With your help, we promoted issues dealing with congenital heart defect screening for newborns, CPR training in schools...
  • Blog Post: Chloe Sumrall Saves a Life

    When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant last March, the senior high school student was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee. Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's...
  • 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: Arkansas: Mission Lifeline Inaugural Meeting

    On Friday, May 2, 2014, 51 people from across Arkansas and surrounding states, gathered to begin discussing a coordinated System of Care in accordance with our Mission Lifeline program. The meeting included cardiologist, nurses, emergency room staff, Emergency Services, State Health Department and staff...
  • Blog Post: AHA Volunteer Tirelessly Pursues Improving Care

    Dr. Robert Wozniak has tirelessly worked to improve care for cardiac patients since earning his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Now residing in Austin, Texas he helps advance our mission across the country by sitting on AHA’s National Mission Lifeline Advisory...
  • Blog Post: One Million Milestone

    Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Speaker Davy Carter Highlighted You're the Cure Celebration

    On Thursday, May 22, Arkansas You’re the Cure advocates and Central Arkansas volunteers met for an Advocacy Afterhours post session reception. State Advocacy Chair Vickie Wingfield led the meeting and introduced the special guest for the evening, House Speaker Davy Carter. Speaker Carter spoke...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocate Stars in PSA for CPR in Schools

    Arkansas volunteer and Miss Teen International, Haley Pontius, is on a mission to educate more people – especially her peers – about how CPR can save a life. That is why she supports CPR in Schools legislation and recently starred in a Public Service Announcement. You can view the PSA...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Vickie Wingfield, Ultimate Advocacy Volunteer

    Vickie Wingfield is one of the American Heart Association’s ultimate volunteers and has been involved with AHA for over 18 years. She is currently the Chair of the Arkansas State Advocacy Committee and continues to bring cheer, passion, and enthusiasm to everything she does. While currently...
  • Blog Post: Arkansas Advocates Meet with U.S. Senate Office

    On Wednesday July 2nd AHA Advocates Brett Stone and Carole Garner met with Senator Mark Pryor’s staff to discuss the Child Nutrition Act. The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act is currently making its way through Congress and would help keep strong nutrition standards for school meals. Senator...