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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Representative Fred Deutsch

    It was the spring of 2007. I had just turned 50. Shortness of breath sent me to my doctor. After a battery of tests he told me I was 50 pounds overweight, had hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and the muscles on the left side of my heart had started to abnormally thicken (ventricular hypertrophy). The good...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Abby Snodgrass

    Abby Snodgrass Missouri Abby Snodgrass, a suburban St. Louis high school student, is being credited with saving a baby's life. H illsboro High School student Abby Snodgrass knew what to do when an 11month old child stopped breathing at a Walmart store in High Ridge. Snodgrass was in a dressing...
  • Blog Post: VOTE for ISU's Coach Hoiberg

    Coach Fred Hoiberg Iowa It’s March Madness and the American Heart Association has made it into the Final Four in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. You see, Iowa State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg is competing to win $100,000 for the American Heart Association...
  • 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: Share Your Story: Jeannie Roberson

    Jeannie Roberson Kansas Sometimes Jeannie Roberson has to pinch herself to remember this is her new life. A healthy, happy, active, non-smoking life. It’s a complete turn-around from her lowest point six years ago struggling to breathe in the shower. "That morning I didn’t know...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Alli Sidel

    Alli Sidel Michigan Hi! My name is Alli. I was born on May 12th, 2012 in seemingly perfect health. My parents and big sister Emma were so excited to meet me. On July 20th, 2012 my family took me to our family doctor for my regular 2-month well baby visit, and while there – my doctor heard...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Sharon Buhr, Susan Milender, and Andrea Winter

    Valley City, North Dakota School Wellness is all about partnerships in Valley City. In 2012 when schools were asked to revise and strengthen their school wellness policies, the local nutrition and exercise partnership, Barnes ON THE MOVE Partnership (OTM-17 members strong), stepped forth and volunteered...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Julie Smith

    Julie Smith Nebraska Heart disease has always been of importance to me even before I became a nurse. My parents both had cardiovascular disease identified when they were in their 50s. It affected their lives then and as they aged. Being from a rural area, when my father had his first heart attack...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mary Michaels

    Mary Michaels South Dakota My Dad is Why. It was the month of May; I finished my second year of college and moved back home for the summer. I was a kid that actually loved hanging out with my parents. As the youngest of 6, I was raised going everywhere with them – concerts, plays, community...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mrs. Jennifer Caribardi

    Jennifer Caribardi As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it. “I am too busy for this to happen,” she thought as her symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ms. Jennifer Caribardi

    Ms. Jennifer Caribardi As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it. “I am too busy for this to happen,” she thought as her symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Paul Amundson

    Paul Amundson South Dakota FAMILY. As a family physician I saw numerous cases of individuals suffer and/or die from heart disease way too early in life. I committed myself early in my career to doing everything within my power to combat this #1 killer of South Dakotans (and the entire US). Like many...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jennifer Caribardi

    Jennifer Caribardi As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it. “I am too busy for this to happen,” she thought as her symptoms...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Shelly Arnold

    Shelly Arnold North Dakota As the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Advocacy Committee, I understand the importance of statewide programs and the need to integrate work among all types of healthcare professionals. Heart attack and stroke are two life changing events that can sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Tesina

    Karen Tesina Nebraska Throughout my nursing career, I was always most interested in caring for the cardiovascular patient. As a staff nurse, I worked both on a cardiac floor as well as a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Later, I was given the opportunity to start a heart program in northeast Nebraska...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Iowa Newborns

    Iowa Newborns Iowa Iowa joins a growing list of states that are requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. The state’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year. Pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Susan O'Brien

    Susan O'Brien Missouri Susan O’Brien was living happily with her new husband Mark and their two puppies in their dream home, enjoying good times as summer approached. “Life was wonderful,” recalled Susan, a petite woman in her 50s who exercised regularly and was in seemingly...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Rob Shipley

    Rob Shipley Kansas On March 20th 2013, Rob Shipley was enjoying a game of basketball with his 13-year-old son Bennett, when he started feeling light-headed, short of breath and went to sit down. This was unusual for Rob as he was an active 40-year-old that enjoyed biking, running and taking spin class...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Bonnie Staiger

    Bonnie and Stacy, Staiger Consulting Group North Dakota Question: You've represented the American Heart Association in the halls of the state Capitol in Bismarck since 1999. How has your firm grown since that time? Bonnie: We actually doubled in size in 2007! I was pleased when my daughter...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Athena Ramos

    Athena Ramos Nebraska I’m lucky to have a healthy heart, but others in my family are not. Heart disease runs in my family. When I was only 10 years old, my Dad had a heart attack. As a child, this had a tremendous effect on me. He ended up in the hospital with not just one bypass, but five....
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jeremy Aylward Family

    Jeremy, Andrea and Nora Aylward South Dakota Blessings are why… I believe that I have been undoubtedly blessed in many ways throughout my short existence, but with a blessing being a gift I had to find a way to share my gratitude. Therefore, I fashioned the blessings bestowed upon me into...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    Neha Aggarwal, You’re the Cure Advocate One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Government Relations Director Megan Myers

    Megan Myers South Dakota Hi there, You're the Cure advocates! Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself - I'm Megan Myers, and I serve as Government Relations Director for South Dakota. It's been an honor to work for the AHA. I joined the team in March and came over from the American...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Mary Jo Gillespie

    Mary Jo Gillespie Nebraska I was in my early twenties when my dad, age 57 died from heart disease. At the time I was in graduate school completing a nutrition degree to become a Registered Dietitian. Not only was that a life changing event, it was at that time that I became involved in my local American...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lynette Anderson

    Lynette Anderson North Dakota Lynnette Anderson, is a registered nurse, and like many AHA volunteers has an extensive background in heart attack care. She was a Critical Care Nurse for 20 years, currently working in the quality department where she monitors and collects data on heart attack patients...