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  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney, Vermont

    The American Heart Association recently released a new position paper on e-cigarettes and reconfirmed its desire for the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate these devices. Vermonters like the Attorney General, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont and Dr. Jan Carney, a member...
  • Blog Post: Kids with Heart...

    Kids with Heart...Do you know any kids that are working to make a difference? We do! Meet Molly Budzinski and Joey Mendrick. Molly just started her senior year at Orchard Park High School. Before heading back to school, Molly traveled from Buffalo to Albany to met with Governor Cuomo's Assistant...
  • Blog Post: Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC, Rhode Island

    Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC is the American Heart Association’s newest local Rhode Island Board of Directors member. Dr. Aspry’s education, training and clinical activities have been focused on preventive aspects of cardiovascular disease, especially in the area of diagnosis and management...
  • Blog Post: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • Blog Post: Robbie MacCue: He may not wear a cape but he's still a hero.

    Robbie MacCue knows a thing or two about saving lives. As a paramedic, Robbie knows firsthand that CPR buys time for victims until first responders arrive at the scene. That’s why Robbie volunteers at local schools to teach students CPR. And this past month Robbie put his skills to good use by...
  • Blog Post: YOU!

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. And until there's a world free of heart disease and stroke, we'll...
  • Blog Post: Susan Canning, Massachusetts

    Sue Canning became an advocate because of her son Kevin. Kevin was born on April 8, 1992.Kevin was loved by everyone because he didn’t take life too seriously and was always trying to make people laugh. Kevin started playing sports very young, including hockey competitively from the age of 3 on...
  • Blog Post: Rachel Henry, Massachusetts

    Eleven years ago, at the age of 30, Rachel suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her doctor's office during a routine checkup. Thankfully, her doctor knew what was happening and Rachel was able to receive immediate lifesaving care. It was a long road, but she always says that stroke changed her physically...
  • Blog Post: Arzhang Fallahi, New York City

    Dr. Arzhang Fallahi is a well-versed advocate for CPR training. While in medical school in Seattle, almost of the patients he saw would have received bystander CPR. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest would be running in a park one moment, and the runner behind them would be pushing on their chest the next...
  • Blog Post: Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association is proud to collaborate with Mended Little Hearts of Rhode Island to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. We are truly blessed to work with this amazing group of families and little heart heroes! Mended Little Hearts provides hope and support to children, families...
  • Blog Post: JoAnne & David Babbitt-Chatham, NJ

    JoAnne and David Babbitt founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in 2007 in memory of their son John who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006 while playing basketball. He was 16. Since its inception, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has donated numerous Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)...
  • Blog Post: Scott Nevers, Maine

    It was the hottest day of the summer—July 27, 2013. Scott had just finished up a few days of golf at Sugarloaf and was playing in a double-header softball game in Saco. Scott looped a single. The next batter hit the ball hard and Scott headed for home. After scoring, he said he did not feel well...
  • Blog Post: Katarina Weigel Keeps the Beat...

    Katarina Weigel is sophomore-nursing student at Pace University. She’s also a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and alive thanks to CPR. "I don’t look like the face of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any time. The faces of sudden cardiac arrest will...
  • Blog Post: Lynette Lopes, Rhode Island

    I was a healthy young woman preparing to marry in three weeks. I noticed I chest tightness and slowness. A concerned doctor friend advised investigation where my primary care physician did an EKG and referred me to a cardiologist, Dr. Luttmann. On December 26, 2008, my fiancé and I visited...
  • Blog Post: Bobby McKeeby, New Jersey

    Bobby McKeeby was at home in Newton, NJ last summer when a frantic woman appeared at his door. Her husband had lost consciousness in the passenger seat while she was driving. He was not breathing and needed help. After calling 911, Bobby went with the woman to her husband. Bobby had no medical training...
  • 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: Kathleen Harrington, Rhode Island

    In the spring of 2004, our son Neil was a centerfielder for the Assumption College Greyhounds. During an away game he experienced shortness of breath and dizziness after running the bases. This continued to the point where he could no longer play and begrudgingly Neil alerted the coach, who in turn asked...
  • Blog Post: Kristina Hill - Stroke Hero

    Kristina Hill was only 13 when she suffered her stroke. She had classic stroke signs and symptoms and was rushed to her local hospital not long after the first onset of those symptoms, but because she was so young, the hospital did not think it was a stroke. She waited for a long time for a diagnosis...
  • Blog Post: Bob Goodman, New Jersey

    Bob Goodman was the picture of good health. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, when Bob was still a child. He knew that if he wanted to live a long, healthy life, it would be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Bob’s daily routine included plenty of physical activity, including...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Louis

    Last week, Karen Acompora wrote to many of you about her son Louis, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Please read Karen’s note about Louis and join her in calling for Governor Cuomo to take a stand to support CPR in Schools… Today marks 14 years since my son, Louis, played in his first...
  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Susan Young, Rhode Island

    While attending a party celebrating the birthday of one of my closest friends, my life came to a screeching halt. As dinner was taking place, I started to feel ill and headed for the ladies room. Fortunately for me, my friend Brenda found me in the restroom where I had become violently ill. I felt as...
  • Blog Post: A Young Hero: Molly Budzinski

    Molly Budzinski recently received the Heroine of the Heart Award from Senator Mark Grisanti, sponsor of the CPR in Schools bill. Molly received this prestigious award at Buffalo Go Red for Women Luncheon for her work to promote lifesaving CPR. Her tireless efforts led to the implementation of bystander...
  • Blog Post: Sherri Maloney, New Jersey

    On January 3, 2011, Sherri had a heart attack at age 41. She initially thought she was run down from the holidays and also had been battling a bad cold. She had started experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, overall weakness, nausea, a burning indigestion sensation, and a tingling in her arm. She...
  • Blog Post: Abby, Rhode Island

    Before our daughter, Abigail Grace, was born, we had never heard of a CHD, a Congenital Heart Defect. We didn’t know what it meant or just how prevalent (1/100 children) CHDs are. Everything through pregnancy and her birth had been smooth. We were filled with joy to finally meet our precious only...