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  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislative Year End Wrap-up

    As we close the books on the American Heart Association’s fiscal year and inch closer to the end of the General Assembly’s 2015 overtime legislative session. Let’s take a look back at the progress we’ve made on systems of care in Illinois. We’ve made huge strides, but there’s...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2015 Legislative Session has come to an end and we’ve had another great year working hard to push for heart-health policies in Minnesota. We have many reasons to celebrate the work in fighting for a healthier Minnesota! The Wins As the dust settles, we are excited to share the big policy wins...
  • Blog Post: Evidence Shows Stroke System Working on Hemorrhagic Strokes

    Check out this great article from the AHA / ASA Newsroom, our Stroke System work is so focused around ischemic stroke (because it’s more common), but the evidence is starting to show that the same approach improves outcomes for hemorrhagic strokes too. People with hemorrhagic strokes (brain...
  • Blog Post: AmandaJean Beaulieu Speaks on Capitol Steps in D.C.!

    One of our top advocacy volunteers and stroke survivor, AmandaJean Beaulieu spoke at U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference on the Capitol Steps in D.C. yesterday morning in honor of the 5th Anniversery of the signing of the Affordable Care Act! Here is a link to AmandaJean’s...
  • Blog Post: SF790 Hearing Today!

    SF790, appropriating money to sustain the newly implemented Stroke System in MN gets a thorough hearing in the Senate HHS Finance Committee today. Thanks to Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen for your leadership and Joanie Somes and Albert Tsai for your testimony!
  • Blog Post: First MN Legislative Breakfast was a Success!

    There are lobby days and events at the Capitol every day, but there has never been a day focused on EMS and Acute Care…until yesterday!! AHA MN partnered with the MN Ambulance Association, the College of Emergency Physicians, the MN Resuscitation Consortium, the MN Trauma System and the MN Office...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the MN Legislative Breakfast!

    The Minnesota Legislative Breakfast is coming up next Wednesday February 18th at the Kelly Inn! Register now to join advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of acute care issues when treating heart disease and stroke. During this event you will...
  • Blog Post: Heart attack care initiative expands to Iowa with $4.6 million Helmsley grant

    The American Heart Association announced that it has received a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline initiative in Iowa. "This is a great day for rural health in Iowa, and especially for heart patients and their...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Gene Johnson

    Gene Johnson New Brighton, MN On Sept.11,2002 I had a heart attack, followed immediately by a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I had a series of miracles and fortuitous events that followed. My daughter called and told my wife to check on dad. I was laying on the driveway with the garden hose spewing...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the IL Legislative Session!

    Our elected officials will returned to Springfield this week, we are off and running in the advocacy department on a new legislative session as well! Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the...
  • Blog Post: Prep Yourself for the MN Legislative Session!

    Now that our elected officials have returned to St. Paul, we are off and running in the advocacy department as well. Before we jump right in and ask you to make those important phone calls and send those urgent emails to the legislature, here is a quick rundown of the issues we're going to be focusing...
  • Blog Post: Move Up in Ranks - Meet Your Lawmakers in St. Paul!

    Starting in January , we'll be working on many great issues to make Minnesota a healthier state! Join us at one of the upcoming Lobby Days to advocate for Heart Health! February 18th, 2015 Legislative Breakfast - Systems of Care REGISTER HERE Learn about the importance of acute care issues...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date - 2015 Iowa Legislative Breakfast!

    Join us for our annual 2015 Legislative Breakfast! Stop by anytime between 7:30 AM—9:30 AM to introduce yourself to your lawmakers and enjoy a heart healthy breakfast! We will have information so you can learn more about our newest issues and we will also provide you with materials you can give...
  • 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: Ground-Breaking Illinois Stroke Bill Signed into Law

    Thanks to dedicated volunteers like you, on Monday, August 18, 2014, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5742, new stroke legislation into law taking a big step forward in emergency care for stroke patients in Illinois. HB 5742 was approved by the Illinois legislature on May 22, having been introduced in...
  • Blog Post: Stratis Health Awards Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Check out this article featuring AHA's Justin Bell and advocate Albert Tsai, posted by the Minnesota Department of Health on Stratis Health's 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award. Stratis Health, Minnesota’s state quality improvement organization, recently announced six recipients...
  • Blog Post: Life-Saving Technology for Nebraska's Rural Areas

    Twelve-lead electrocardigram equipment is now available in rural Nebraska thanks to grant funding through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Emergency Medical Services. The funding was approved by the legislature during last year's session. What does this mean for...
  • Blog Post: Update from Springfield

    Check out this great update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director, on what's happening in Springfield. All – a quick note from Springfield, where the Illinois Legislature’s annual two-week fall Veto Session has just wrapped up. It’s been a productive couple of weeks...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Con Olson

    Con Olson Kansas I originally became involved with the American Heart Association through my career. As a paramedic, we recognized the American Heart Association as the gold standard for our CPR and ACLS courses. Over time, I have had the opportunity to provide training certifications, become a BLS...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bertina Patterson

    Bertina Patterson Indianapolis, IN It was the day that changed my life. I worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. While in the middle of passing the daily medications, I had a severe headache and started dropping items. I went to the head nurse and told her what was happening. She noticed that...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Butch & Susie Gibbs

    Butch & Susie Gibbs Iowa On April 2, 2004, I was performing in our annual community play which ended a little after 9:00pm and as the play ended, I started having chest pain. Not long after arriving home, I went into sudden cardiac arrest. My wife, Susie, had already called the ambulance when...
  • Blog Post: Study shows citywide policy may help stroke patients recover

    Alex wanted to make sure you saw this article on the importance of having a stroke system of care from the Chicago Sun-Times: A citywide policy enacted in 2011 — involving Chicago ambulance crews taking suspected stroke patients directly to accredited hospitals with accredited stroke centers...
  • Blog Post: AHA Letter to the Editor

    Below is a letter to the editor written by Lynne Braun, our State Advocacy Committee Chair and submitted to newpapers across Illinois. The letter recently ran in the Chicago Sun Times among other publications throughout the state. Editor: Contrary to recent headlines, lead-stories, and popular belief...
  • Blog Post: Mission: Lifeline Rural Minnesota

    Thanks to the generous support and substantial investment of the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and other valued funders and partners, STEMI patients in rural Minnesota will have a chance at better outcomes. Mission: Lifeline – Rural Minnesota, a three-year initiative led by...