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  • Blog Post: Event wrap-up: Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day at the Statehouse

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, lawmakers able to join us for the Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day at the Statehouse last month! With over 100 attendees, we know many conversations occurred with our lawmakers about the importance of increasing the price of tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mary Ames

    Mary Ames Indiana Mary's children describe the “old” Mary as a 40-year smoker who was exhausted all the time and ate anything but healthy food. Mary had a wake-up call last June when she needed double-bypass surgery to remedy 100-percent blockages in two arteries in her heart. She...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephanie Belesky

    Stephanie Belesky, Indiana At her heaviest, Stephanie weighed 386 pounds. Although there were several red flags in her life, the impetus to change came when she witnessed her grandmother's difficult recovery from hip surgery. Stephanie set a big goal - running a marathon - but also set many smaller...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day!

    Did you know: Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in Indiana. More than 9,700 Hoosiers die from their own smoking every year. Indiana taxpayers foot the bill for $2.18 billion ($570 per household) in annual health care expenditures directly caused by tobacco use. Increasing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephani Remetta

    Stephani Remetta Indianapolis, IN Stephani was born with a congenital heart defect that went undiagnosed until she was 27. Told she had a heart murmur, the more serious condition was finally diagnosed after the birth of her son. The diagnosis, accompanied by the news that she would not be able to...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Why Indiana should increase cigarette tax

    Check out this excellent editorial from former Indiana state health commissioner Dr. Richard Feldman: "A state legislative proposal to raise the cost of cigarettes is overdue. Additional state revenues from a $1-a-pack increase could be used to improve Indiana’s miserable state of health...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: send a message to your lawmakers about tobacco

    Kids with healthy hearts is why! Did you know that 13.7% (66,000) of high school students in Indiana are smokers? In our state, about 9,200 young adults become new daily smokers every year. These troubling statistics are driven by easy access to inexpensive tobacco products, marketing that is geared...
  • Blog Post: AHA staffers meet Indiana Governor Mike Pence

    American Heart Association & American Stroke Association Indiana advocacy staff Danielle Patterson and Alex Meixner had a chance this December to briefly discuss AHA/ASA policy priorities with Indiana Governor Mike Pence at an event in Chicago (pictured). During his speech, Governor Pence spoke about...
  • Blog Post: November is National Family Caregivers Month.

    Each November, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a chronic disease. With 2.2 million stroke family caregivers in the U.S., the AHA/ASA...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Thomas Armstrong

    Thomas Armstrong West Lafayette, IN Thomas Armstrong's Journey In February of 2014 my father, siblings and I were faced with a horrible decision, a life changing decision. He was admitted to the hospital on an emergency basis. We were told my father was suffering from a condition called Peripheral...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carl and Clint Cottrell

    Carl and Clint Cottrell Terre Haute, IN Carl was such an energetic burst of life, his final days were so heartbreaking. He still never gave up on life. The list of his heart related issues were within a 10 year period beginning with his massive heart attack… We as a family are still devasted...
  • Blog Post: Heave you heard: new law requires CPR training in schools

    A new law passed this year in Indiana means high schools are now required to teach CPR. HEA 1290 requires school corporations and accredited nonpublic schools “include in the high school health education curriculum, instruction in CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED....
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dan & Andrea Solero

    Dan & Andrea Solero Mooresville, IN 19 years ago my dad, a physician, said my boyfriend would have a heart attack by the time he was 40. Why would he scare me like this at 22 years old? Why would I care that was a life time away. I’ve been married to that man for 13 years now. When he turned...
  • Blog Post: Judge upholds Indianapolis smoke-free air law

    The smoke-free air law in Indianapolis was upheld in court recently. On July 28th, a Marion County Superior Court judge upheld the smoke-free ordinance, that went into effect in 2012. It was passed by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. Click here to read the rest of the story and...
  • Blog Post: E-cigarette market rises, health experts warn users

    Check out this recent news report about electronic cigarettes from WISH-TV in Indiana, featuring quotes from Danielle Patterson, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. “There’s no sense in trading in one tobacco product from an industry that’s been deceiving...
  • Blog Post: Get Educated with our Interactive Library

    This is cool! Have you ever wondered what a stent is and how it works? Want to know more about TIA (transient ischemic attacks)? Visit our Interactive Cardiovascular Library for animations that help explain these topics, high blood pressure and many other cardiovascular diseases. Click this link:...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Joel Robbins

    Joel Robbins Lafayette, IN My name is Joel Robbins and to quote the ER Doctor, I’m “one lucky dude”. On Aug 25th, 2010, my life changed in a heart-beat….or rather, lack thereof. As we would find out later, an unknown blood clot released from wherever it was hiding and I suddenly...
  • Blog Post: Session may be over, but you can still get involved!

    While the state legislature may not be in session right now, there are still ways we need your help! Stay involved this summer by checking out all the current Action Alerts you can still take part in! Urge Congress to participate in American Stroke Month! May is American Stroke Month,...
  • Blog Post: CPR update - in case you missed it

    Recently, Governor Pence signed House Bill 1290 into law. This bill requires all high school students to be trained in CPR prior to graduation. The American Heart Association would like to thank every volunteer who helped us advocate for this issue! So what are the next steps? This law goes into effect...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Isaak James Denton

    Isaak James Denton Monticello, IN In 2005 after a perfect pregnancy, Isaak James was born. Immediately following the C-section, he was cyanotic and went to the NICU. After some tests, it revealed that Isaak was born with multiple heart defects. He was soon transferred to Peyton Manning’s Children’s...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Katelynne Newton

    Katelynne Newton Avon, IN My name is Katelynne and I was diagnosed with Bradycardia a few years back. Bradycardia is a slow heart beat – less than 60 beats per minute. Despite my condition, I remain extremely active both at school and in the community. I am currently a senior in high school...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Erin Cassidy

    Erin Cassidy Indiana It was a random Saturday, a normal one by all accounts. I spent the day teaching my fiancé’s, Steve’s, mother the basics of her new iPad. That evening Steve and I headed downtown to a very popular steak house to celebrate his upcoming birthday. We were midway...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...