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  • Blog Post: Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, New York

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind, a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, is gravely concerned about the high rates of hypertension in New York City. And he’s pushing the city to do something about it. Dr. Elkind recently submitted testimony to the New York City Board...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Task Force Moves Quickly and Gov. Malloy Holds Formal Signing For CPR Bill

    Summer may be seen a slower time in in the legislature, but that’s not the case with the Department of Health Task Force to Study Stroke. The group has begun meeting regularly and it’s clear that everyone in the group is dedicated to improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. The group...
  • Blog Post: Amre Nouh, Connecticut

    Dr. Amre Nouh is a stroke specialist at Hartford Hospital and he has been appointed as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative to the Department of Public Health Task Force to Study Stroke. Dr. Nouh brings a wealth of experience to the table and has held a variety...
  • Blog Post: Candace Pierce, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association’s National Office was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities in low-income communities across the country. The National Office selected 15 markets to receive funding for...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky, Vermont's New Advocacy Committee Chair

    A long-time advocate for a sugary drink excise tax in Vermont will now chair the American Heart Association’s Vermont Advocacy Committee and help promote nutrition standards and the removal of sugary drinks in restaurants kids’ meals. Professor Jane Kolodinsky is also the chair of the...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...
  • Blog Post: Steve Goulet, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing new advocate! Steve Goulet is a cardiac arrest survivor - and now he's on a personal mission to save lives with CPR. Check out his incredible story in The Providence Journal: Photo credit: The Providence Journal http://www.providencejournal...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 20th. The award ceremony recognized eleven outstanding students in grades K-8. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity...
  • Blog Post: Liz Seth, New Jersey

    A former athlete, Liz Seth was diagnosed with heart block in her twenties and had a pacemaker implanted—but that didn’t slow her down! Since then she has given birth to twin boys, traveled the world, and recently joined the American Heart Association in Washington, DC to participate in her...
  • Blog Post: Rich Greene, A Stroke Survivor with Heart

    On January 14, 2009, Rich got up bright and early as usual - 5:00 a.m. When he left for work, he felt something was off and thought perhaps it was dehydration. Soon after he had a headache. Then tired. He went to a walk-in clinic and was told it was a migraine. That night, he began thrashing around....
  • Blog Post: Dr. Barb Frankowski tells lawmakers that a sugary drink tax could make the healthy choice the easy choice!

    Warning that sippy cups were one of the worst inventions ever created, Vermont pediatrician Dr. Barb Frankowski recently urged House Ways and Means Committee members to take action to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity and improve dental health. A portion of her testimony is excerpted below: What...
  • Blog Post: Bill Duncan of Manalapan, NJ

    Bill Duncan is a longtime volunteer with various hunger organizations in New Jersey. He regularly volunteers at a local soup kitchen and is a volunteer and board member with a food pantry in his hometown of Manalapan. After undergoing triple bypass surgery last year, Bill wanted to expand his volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies, Rhode Island

    More than 200 teens from across Rhode Island marched on the State House as part of the 2015 Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day on March 18th. They carried the message that tobacco and nicotine use is not for them - and Big Tobacco can't sway their choice to choose health! A smaller group of teens met...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Charlie and Beth Melita-Fair Haven, NJ

    Charlie and Beth Melita tragically lost their 21 year old son Robert to a sudden cardiac death in December 2012. They wanted to find a way to honor Robert's memory and give back to the community who provided support to their family.  Together with his close family friend Paul Lenskold, Charlie formed...
  • Blog Post: Sara Bonneau, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting Sara Bonneau, an amazing mom who is working with her legislators to make sure that all Rhode Island high schools and middle schools have functioning AEDs – and that an AED is present on athletic fields during school sporting events. On February 25, Sara testified...
  • Blog Post: Rhonda Hall, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago, Rhonda Hall was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and soon after that, she was diagnosed with diabetes. In just one day, she became a four shot-a-day diabetic and had high cholesterol and hypertension as well. Rhonda explained that it was an extremely tough time, but despite the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Trenholm, Connecticut

    The American Heart Association holds a special place in my heart. Like so many others, I have experienced firsthand the effects of heart disease in my family. Watching my beloved grandmother live with the symptoms of congestive heart failure on a day to day basis was extremely difficult for me &...
  • Blog Post: Lisa Deck, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member and stroke survivor Lisa Deck was recently selected to serve as a National Go Red for Women Spokesperson! Congratulations Lisa and thank you for all that you do! Click the following links to see our new Go Red for Women public...
  • Blog Post: Jessica Diaz, Massachusetts

    Jessica Diaz is a slim 5’5” fitness instructor who appears to be the poster child of healthy. She is a young, active mom of two who teaches multiple Barre classes at yoga and sports clubs throughout Boston. She devotes hours every day to taking care of her health while helping others take...
  • Blog Post: A young life saved by CPR...

    Katarina Weigel is a survivor…She was just 15 when CPR saved her life. Now she is a college student…and is trying to save other lives. When you think heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, I bet you don’t picture a teenager. But sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime...
  • Blog Post: Miriam R. Plitt, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member Miriam Plitt was recently inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame in recognition of her volunteer work with the American Heart Association and many other important organizations. Congratulations Miriam and thank you for all that...
  • Blog Post: Chrissy Gaffney, Massachusetts

    Chrissy had open heart surgery at the age of 12 for an atrial septal defect and again at the age of 45. In 2011, while walking at the school track Chrissy began to feel pressure in her chest that was so intense, she describes that it felt like somebody was sitting on it. She didn’t think it had...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Sohah Iqbal, New York City

    Dr. Sohah Iqbal is the current president of the American Heart Association Young Professionals, an Interventional Cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a staunch advocate for CPR education in our city's high schools. Dr. Iqbal poignantly shares the story of two of her own patients who...
  • Blog Post: Debi Mrozowski, Connecticut

    Debi Mrozowski, a secretary at Rock Hill School, recently addressed the attendees of the Greater Hartford Executive Leadership Team Breakfast, where she recounted her heroic CPR save at a local basketball game. Debi explained to the audience that on February 23rd that she was keeping score at a game...