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Gail Mates, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed...
5 Feb 2015
Richard Benson, MD/PhD, District of Columbia “I’m looking at the man in the mirror.” When it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #4 most common causes of death in the US, respectively, I think of those famous and poignant words by the late great Michael Jackson...
3 Nov 2014
What the Affordable Care Act means for You
The health care law aims to make health coverage more affordable and accessible for individuals and families. In North Carolina, some changes have already taken place. Others will be phased in from now through 2014. This year our state lawmakers will be making decisions that impact how North Carolina...
7 Jan 2013
Advocates Defend NIH Funding
Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be cut by about $2.4 billion or at least 8% in January 2013 as a result of automatic across-the-board cuts (or sequestration) required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. These reductions would be in addition to any made in the regular funding process...
26 Nov 2012
Kim Landreth, North Carolina All I ever wanted was to be a mother. Then six months into my pregnancy I found out that my baby girl would be born with a heart defect. We were devastated and so afraid of what was to come for our little girl. Olivia was born in Jan. 2008 with a heart defect that later...
1 Nov 2012
Anne Howell, North Carolina I inherited a condition from my mother known as cardiomyopathy. I have an enlarged left ventricle that pumps inefficiently causing irregular and life threatening rhythms. Two of her four daughters are afflicted with it and my sister’s daughter also has the condition...
14 Sep 2012
Amy Edmunds, South Carolina If you were a bird, what kind would you be? One day almost 9 years ago, I suddenly became a parrot, repeating myself over and over again, like Polly the Parrot. I was having a stroke! Prior to my stroke, I did not engage in any ‘at risk’ behaviors. I never smoked...
6 Sep 2012
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