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  • Blog Post: Advocates Raise Awareness at Red Dress Dash

    We are so proud of all our Nebraska advocates who participated in the Red Dress Dash in Lincoln on February 4th! We are especially proud of Lisa Culbertson who took a moment to explain why this event, and raising awareness, is so important to her! Lisa was saved by CPR and has become a passionate advocate...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Systems of Care Bill Goes Before Committee

    Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee will soon vote on LB 722: the Stroke System of Care Act. The purpose of the Act is to improve the overall outcomes of stroke patients. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability; and with the aging of the population...
  • Blog Post: The Time Has Come to Increase Tobacco Tax

    We support Senator Mike Gloor's efforts to increase the tobacco tax in Nebraska. He has worked tirelessly on this issue for several years, and we are hopeful that this may be the year for it to happen. We support raising the tobacco tax for several reasons, one being the impact it has on youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Don't Let your New Year's Resolution Go Up in Smoke

    On the topic of New Year's resolutions, a common goal this time of year for many is to quit smoking. While many establish the goal, sticking to it and actually quitting can be a major challenge. We applaud the effort and have resources to help! The benefits of quitting are enormous, and worth the...
  • Blog Post: Early Access to Medical Care Improves Health in Adulthood

    Several states will once again consider expanding access to medical care through Medicaid during their 2016 legislative sessions. The American Heart Association strongly advocates for expanded access to medical care to prevent, diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions....
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Your New Year's Resolution

    It's Monday, the dreaded first day back to work or school after the holiday break. Your holidays were full of celebrations, family gatherings, watching sporting events, and lots and lots of food. You probably didn't exercise as much as you normally do, and you've gotten used to being not...
  • Blog Post: Increase in Vaping Becoming a Problem for Schools

    E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that have cartridges or refillable tanks that contain a liquid mixture primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or glycerol and nicotine, as well as flavorings and other chemicals.2 They emulate conventional cigarettes, but the exhaled aerosol does not contain...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lisa Culbertson

    Lisa Culbertson Nebraska More than 326,000 people in the United States suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. If more people knew CPR, more lives would be saved. I am one of a few people who has performed CPR, has received CPR, and even more rare, married my lifesaver. I was just 27 years...
  • Blog Post: Higher Cigarette Taxes Linked to Fewer Infant Deaths

    A recent study by Vanderbilt University and University of Michigan suggests that higher taxes and prices for cigarettes not only provides health benefits to those who are currently smoking or considering smoking, but it is also strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States...
  • Blog Post: Columbia Considers Measure to Ban Tobacco Use in Parks

    We continue to applaud communities across Nebraska who aid in the fight against tobacco and the harmful effects of tobacco smoke. Recently, the Columbus park board voted 5-0 to ban smoking and use of tobacco products in parks where children gather to play. We are aware of 18 other Nebraska communities...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Nebraska Advocacy Volunteer Summit

    Meet our top active, committed and hero volunteers that recently attended our "Advocacy Volunteer Summit, 2015". It has always been important to us to recognize and show them how thankful we are for their help in the fight against heart disease and stroke, so we decided to implement a new advocate...
  • Blog Post: Another Nebraska School Receives CPR Training Kits

    Students is the Northwest School District are learning the life-saving skill of CPR. And while it’s good to know the proper technique, the training also provides students with the confidence to know they would know what to do if someone needed CPR. CPR training kits were recently donated to...
  • Blog Post: Project Aims to Raise Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects

    February, Heart month, is just around the corner, and we need your help! Hospital across Nebraska are participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts TM project to raise awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Spotlight: Alaina Monroe

    I was born March 1 st 1989. Right after I was delivered the doctor shouted “It’s a girl! And we don’t know what’s wrong with her.” There was one layer of skin covering my chest, my sternum was not properly developed. The condition is called a cleft sternum. They immediately...
  • Blog Post: Bystander Saves Woman with CPR

    We hear it often - someone's life is saved because a bystander knew CPR. When CPR is administered immediately when sudden cardiac arrest happens, it can double or even triple that person's chances of survival. We know it t happens across the country because we hear the stories. It also happens...
  • Blog Post: Lexington School Gets Life-Saving CPR Kits

    Lexington School District is the first in Nebraska to receive CPR training kits as the result of a partnership with the Lexington Regional Health Center. The kits are intended to help schools train their students how to save a life using CPR. Hospital board president Kerry Teetor, who is also a member...
  • Blog Post: Stroke is Why

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in our country, and certainly one of the leading factors leading to disability. Stroke is why we are laser-focused on preventing stroke, knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, and knowing how to act immediately to get someone the care they need when stroke...
  • Blog Post: Be Inspired! Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story The mission of the American Heart Association is relevant to everyone. Every one of us has been impacted in some way by heart disease or stroke. The impact of the AHA connects to millions of stories - stories of survival, stories of loss and families who inspired others to make a...
  • Blog Post: CPR Saves Another Life

    CPR is a key component to survival when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac are about 10% - but a victim has zero chance of survival if CPR is not administered right away. Survival from sudden cardiac arrest shouldn't depend upon where it happens - and it can happen...
  • Blog Post: Back to School, Back to Good Health!

    With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent...
  • Blog Post: Mom Becomes Heart, CPR Advocate After Losing her Son

    Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on September 10, 2013. The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State University had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 9-1-1 while the other stayed with Taylor. Several minutes passed before a police officer and then...
  • Blog Post: Local Column Outlines Status of Medicaid Expansion in State

    The Nebraska legislature has twice considered expanding Medicaid in our state, and twice the proposal has been rejected. The American Heart Association supports expansion of Medicaid because we believe it will become an important source of coverage for currently uninsured adults with or at-risk for cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Nebraska Legislative Session: Here's What Happened

    The 2014-2015 fiscal year was a very successful year for accomplishing advocacy priorities. In August, the regulation was finalized for critical congenital heart defect screening for newborns. The regulation language includes pulse oximetry screening for all newborns. More than 20,000 newborns are now...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty

    Corrie Kielty Nebraska Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you...