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  • Blog Post: A Winning Game for School Lunches and Research Funding!

    At You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015, more than 380 AHA advocates and staff from all 50 states, plus DC —and thousands more back home—stepped up to the plate for healthy school lunches and medical research funding. This year, our Hill day theme was built off the great American game of...
  • Blog Post: May is American Stroke Month

    Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Ryley Williams testifies to promote funding for pediatric stroke research

    Ryley Williams was 15 years old, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound football player – and he was also the victim of a stroke. Today, nearly three years after intense surgeries and still in ongoing physical therapy, he will be testifying before Congress on Wednesday to promote more funding for research and...
  • Blog Post: Update: Relief for stroke survivors

    I have mixed news to share about our efforts to repeal Medicare’s caps on outpatient therapy services. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that we hoped would include Senators Cardin’s and Vitter’s bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal the therapy caps. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Update on Stroke Therapy Caps

    In the last few months, You’re the Cure advocates have spoken loud and clear. Together, we have sent 9,700 messages to Congress urging them to repeal harmful caps on Medicare therapy once-and-for-all. Much has happened in the last couple weeks, so I wanted to give you an update and let you know...
  • Blog Post: Help Protect Stroke Survivor's Therapy

    After surviving a stroke, the last thing anyone needs to worry about is running out of therapy sessions. Stroke is our nation’s No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability and dementia. Therapy services provide stroke survivors with the ability to regain vital skills like walking and...
  • Blog Post: Does it make sense to penalize those who need therapy most?

    My answer to this question is a loud “NO!” and I bet yours is, too. But that is just what Medicare’s current limits on outpatient therapy do. Unfortunately, if Congress does not act by March 31st, stroke survivors and others on Medicare with the most serious and debilitating conditions...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Federal Advocacy Tips

    Download this document for a quick one-page guide on how to effectively advocate for heart-health policies to your federal representatives.
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Meeting Leave Behind

    Download this form, fill out your "why," and bring it to a meeting with your federal representatives to help convey why heart-healthy policies should be a top priority during their time in office.
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure LTE guide

    Tips for writing a Letter to the Editor that will get published in your local paper and noticed by your federal representative.
  • Blog Post: Stroke drops to No. 5 killer in U.S.

    Let’s give a high-five for stroke! According to the latest data , stroke deaths have fallen from the no. 4 cause of death to the no. 5. Although too many Americans still suffer a stroke every year, we can all celebrate this achievement. “The fact that the death rate is declining from this...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Advocates Take Stroke Message to Washington

    You’re the Cure stroke survivors and caregivers took their message that stroke is preventable, beatable and treatable from the White House to the halls of Congress during American Stroke Month in May! After touring the East Wing of the White House, advocates attended a Congressional briefing and...
  • Blog Post: Your American Stroke Month Mission...

    Did you know that stroke is our nation’s 4th leading killer? Or that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States? May is American Stroke Month and the goal is to raise awareness that stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable . Over the next few weeks (and beyond), there are...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next 12 months. This means for the next year, stroke...
  • Blog Post: Relief for stroke patients on Medicare

    There is some big news to report from Washington, D.C. Over the past several months, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates like you have sent over 8,500 messages to Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to stop potentially devastating caps on outpatient therapy for stroke survivors on Medicare....
  • Blog Post: After a stroke, patients need customized palliative care

    People recovering from a stroke should have a well-coordinated medical team to personalize care, optimize quality of life and minimize suffering, according to a scientific statement published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. The statement is the first in the United States to...
  • Blog Post: Senator Kirk: A Stroke Survival Story

    In January of 2012, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk suffered a stroke. He recently sat down with Stroke Connection and told his story of survival. See an excerpt below and then follow the link to the full article. Stroke survivors do not always return to work. Even when they do, it’s safe to say...
  • Blog Post: Action Needed: Last Chance to Stop Therapy Caps

    For stroke survivors on Medicare and their families, the countdown to March 31st is like déjà vu. Year after year, Congress waits until the last minute to pass temporary fixes to the ‘therapy cap’ problem, but this year, we’re saying enough is enough. Will you join us...
  • 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: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...