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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Gail Harris-Berry

    Gail Harris-Berry Maryland In June of 2011, I had near-death heart episode that doctors declared “I wouldn’t survive.” My family was called in allowed to say “good-bye.” Having had a cardio-catherization, released from the hospital 6 hrs. later. While resting at home...
  • Blog Post: Election Season and Heart & Stroke Research

    Tonight is the last Presidential debate, marking the home stretch of the campaign season. I bet you've seen your fair share of candidate ads, news features, and campaign literature this season. But at the end of the day, when you sift through all the information, the one thing most voters are looking...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocate Acts to Protect NIH Funding

    You’re the Cure advocate Ravi Balijepalli, Ph.D , recently hosted Manny Vasquez , Regional Director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Balijepalli, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and his colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Survey for Patients: What Health Care Questions are You Facing?

    Every day, heart disease and stroke patients and caregivers must make health care decisions. They may have to choose between two or more options for preventing, diagnosing or treating their conditions. Or, they might need to decide whether or not a treatment is right for them. For these situations, the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jose Maldonado

    Jose Maldonado Maryland In 2002, I suffered a devastating stroke. As I began my struggle with physical therapy, I realized that it was just as tough on me, as it was on my family to see me this way. So, I committed myself to 4 to 6 hours a day of therapy, 5 to 6 days a week. Not only did my efforts...
  • Blog Post: A great month for You're the Cure Advocates

    "Research saves lives" has been the message of the month for August. With Members of Congress home for their recess break, advocates have been asking their legislators to make protecting National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding a priority when they return to Captiol Hill. The NIH faces massive...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: April Zelenka

    April Zelenka Wisconsin I was just 14 when I first had an episode of Long QT Syndrome. After I lost consciousness when answering the telephone, I spent three days in the hospital and underwent many tests. Doctors finally confirmed I had Long QT Syndrome, an electrical problem of the heart, and recommended...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocate Guide

    Use this guide to learn about more ways you can get involved as a You’re the Cure advocate.
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Sign-Up Form

    Recruit others to join you as a You’re the Cure advocate using this printable sign-up form.
  • Blog Post: Talking Points: Restore and Protect NIH Funds

    Speak-up against funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health that occured because of the March 2013 sequester!
  • Blog Post: Facts: Impact of Sequestration on NIH

    Get the facts about the impact of budget cuts scheduled for 2013 on the National Institutes of Health and heart and stroke research.
  • Blog Post: Facts: NIH Research Funding

    Get the facts about our nation’s investment in heart disease and stroke research through the National Institutes of Health.
  • Blog Post: Budget Cuts to NIH Will Result in Job Loss

    Have you heard about the massive across-the-broad federal budget cuts, also know as the sequester, that are scheduled for January 2013 if Congress fails to reach another agreement? These cuts could have disastrous effects on medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and could delay...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mary Beth Miller

    Mary Beth Miller Alabama Our daughter was born with a very complex congenital heart defect. As new parents we have these dreams for our children: becoming a star athlete; an astronaut; having a family of their own. We never expect those dreams to be replaced with: will they live till tomorrow? My...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ronna Kratzer

    Ronna Kratzer California The AHA has been a part of my life and many of my family members' lives from birth. As of today, we have 14 family members that have been born with Congenital Heart Defects. Without funding for research, many of my family members may not be alive today. In 2010, I underwent...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bert Carey

    Bert Carey Newburyport, MA Bert suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, when he collapsed, he was in a small store in Newburyport where an 18-year-old senior in high school, Derek, happened to be shopping for a tux for the prom. Derek had just completed a CPR course, which is a graduation requirement...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Olivia Q

    Olivia Q Winthrop, MA More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym in an East Boston school when six-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry-blonde hair and no front teeth had been in...
  • Blog Post: Watch Advocates In Action at the Research Saves Lives Fly-In!

    Last month, over 40 heart disease and stroke survivors and researchers arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Hear their stories about why medical research matters! Then help make sure Members of Congress see it by sharing the...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: The Hodge Family

    JW & Maddie Hodge Nevada On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years. Medication was administered...
  • Blog Post: Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    On June 6th, Joe Quigley and his daughter Olivia came to D.C. to urge their Massachusetts Members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts set for January 2013. When Olivia was just 6 years-old, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest will in gym class and came to Capitol Hill to tell...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Urge Congress to Protect NIH Funding!

    On June 6th, over 40 You’re the Cure Advocates from 17 key states came to Washington to urge their Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from automatic budget cuts set to occur in January 2013. If the automatic cuts (or sequester) occurs, the NIH could...
  • Blog Post: NIH Director Talks about Obesity on the Colbert Report

    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins brought a serious message recently on the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report a few days ago. Dr. Francis talked about the importance of eating well and the state of America’s obesity epidemic. Have a few laughs and check out the video.
  • Blog Post: Sen. Mark Kirk’s Recovery “Excellent” After Stroke

    On January 21st, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois had a stroke at the age of 52. Only 15 weeks later, his recovery has been described as “excellent” by his doctor in an article in the Chicago Tribune . Sen. Kirk’s ongoing recovery shows how important medical research is to stroke recovery...
  • Blog Post: AHA President Warns about the Danger of NIH Budget Cuts

    AHA President, Dr. Gordon F. Tomaselli, recently wrote an article in Science Progress about the dangers of the pending budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health in 2013. “Next January, unless Congress and the White House take action, the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, and the...
  • Blog Post: CEO Nancy Brown Participates in Panel Discussion on Medical Research Innovation

    On March 14, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown joined leaders in government, industry, the media and other patient advocacy organizations for Research!America’s 9th annual National Health Research Forum in Washington, D.C. The event, “World Class to Second Class? Confronting the...