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  • Blog Post: Stroke research saves lives

    To say medical research has been essential to fighting heart disease and stroke would be an understatement. In 1974, the development of the CT scan revolutionized stroke diagnosis, allowing doctors to catch stroke risks earlier. In 2004, scientists improved the way surgeons safely dissolve brain artery...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Year End Successes, Let's Celebrate!

    It was another banner year for You’re the Cure advocates championing heart and stroke policy change across the country. Year end is a time to look back at what we achieved in states, think ahead to the work still to do, and celebrate the power of volunteers. What did we accomplish last...
  • Blog Post: This holiday season, helping hearts everywhere

    As the end of the year approaches, we know you’ve got lots of giving to do. Finding the right gifts for friends and family is inevitably a big part of all our Decembers. When you make a year-end contribution to the American Heart Association, you’re helping us fight against the first and...
  • Blog Post: #SocialCongress

    Research from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) tells us Congressional offices ARE listening to constituents and advocacy groups on social media. It can be a powerful way to get our message before important lawmakers. But just how do we do that? Click the video below to find out! ...
  • Blog Post: Meet the You're the Cure Federal Team

    Ever wonder who works behind the scenes and helps keep the You’re the Cure program going? Probably most of you are familiar with Clarissa Garcia, but there are four others who work daily to empower you as advocates. During the month of November, all five members of the Federal Grassroots team introduced...
  • Blog Post: A Thanksgiving Message from the Heart

    All this week our team has been introducing themselves and I’m excited to do the same. I joined the AHA nearly ten years ago and have gotten to meet amazing advocates from across the country simply because you see my name on advocacy emails. Yes, Clarissa García is a real person. I’m...
  • Blog Post: The Gratitude Board

    Hi! I'm Amy Shope Manzi, a Grassroots Consultant working with our advocacy staff across the country to build the strongest You're the Cure network possible. It's an honor to work with all of you to make our communities healthier and to improve the lives of those facing heart disease or...
  • Blog Post: Help me hit the ground running

    Since you’ll be hearing from me quite a bit – here on the Pulse, on our Facebook page , and elsewhere – I wanted to introduce myself (as a Central Pennsylvania native, my grandmother would insist I do the polite thing and make a good first impression). As someone who’s worked...
  • Blog Post: During this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our volunteers

    For the past three years, I have had the privilege of meeting inspiring advocates with the American Heart Association. As we quickly approach my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a few moments and express what I have been thankful for over these past years at the AHA. Although...
  • Blog Post: Meet Hailey!

    Hello Everyone! My name is Hailey Clements and since I am (fairly) new to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the You’re the Cure community, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself! I am a native of Boise, Idaho, but unfortunately, I did not grow up on a potato farm. Before...
  • Blog Post: Advocate in Action - Photo Contest

    In this season of Thanksgiving we are so grateful for all that you do as You’re the Cure advocates. You play a crucial role in the fight against heart disease and stroke and we want to thank you for it! For the rest of the month, we invite you to share your #AdvocatesInAction photos with us...
  • Blog Post: Learn More About the AHA/ASA's New Support Network!

    The Support Network is an exciting way that patients and caregivers can experience the AHA/ASA’s mission in action. It offers an online community, as well as materials for starting face-to-face community-based support groups. This is one of our first major ventures into the emotional support arena...
  • Blog Post: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

    As fall draws to a close, we are taking the time to thank all of our volunteers and celebrating a great year. Together, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, successfully advocated for heart healthy and stroke smart policies in their communities and states. We could not achieve the positive change...
  • Blog Post: Historic Post Election News

    Last night voters in Berkeley, CA voted on a ballot initiative to tax sugar sweetened beverages like soda. Take a moment and read the American Heart Association’s view on this historic win and then take a moment to share your thoughts in our poll feature or in the comments. We’re so interested...
  • Blog Post: Get Covered, Stay Covered!

    More than 10 million Americans gained affordable health insurance in 2014. Starting on November 15, individuals and their families can sign up or renew their coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace offers quality health plans and financial assistance to help pay for...
  • Blog Post: Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

    New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death. The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Come to DC!

    Last month, eleven You’re the Cure advocates joined 300 volunteers from other participating organizations for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC. Their purpose in coming to Washington was to share their stories with Congress and to urge them to increase medical research funding...
  • 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: Stroke survivors need Congress to act now!

    Stroke survivors on Medicare have been put through enough! Year after year, they are hit with the possibility of facing a punitive cap on their rehabilitative therapy. Thankfully Congress routinely allows for an exceptions process, but it must be renewed every year. That usually happens at the last minute...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day: Oct 29th

    The statistics are chilling. A person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds , with about 795,000 Americans having one every year . Stroke is the no. 4 cause of death in the United States and the no. 3 cause of death in women. It is quite clear that more awareness is needed about nation’s...
  • Blog Post: CVS stores now tobacco-free, changes name to reflect health focus

    The first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco said all 7,700 stores had halted sales by Wednesday — about a month earlier than planned — and announced a name change from CVS Caremark to CVS Health to reflect its commitment to health. CVS announced its tobacco-free plan in February...
  • Blog Post: The School Day Just Got Healthier

    It’s that time of year again! Kids across the country are heading back to the classroom and we want to help ensure their minds and bodies are fueled with nutritious foods to support a successful education. Fortunately, the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Thanks...
  • 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: AHA Releases First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

    For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention. After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve...
  • 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...