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  • Blog Post: Social factors could erase gains in heart disease, stroke

    Although deaths from heart attacks and strokes have been declining thanks to advances in prevention and treatment, social factors such as race and income could reverse that trend, according to a first-of-its-kind statement from the American Heart Association. The incidence of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Praises Historic FDA Action to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

    Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), released today: “The...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Wisconsin should encourage sidewalks and bikeways

    Check out this great op-ed that was printed in the Wisconsin State Journal this month. It was submitted by Andy Wiegman, a member of our State Advocacy Committee and a member of the Metro-Milwaukee Board of Directors for the American Heart Association. "In Wisconsin, some politicians in the Legislature...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Scott & Danielle Hawkins

    Scott & Danielle Hawkins Michigan In April of 2014 my husband, Scott, had an Ateriovenous Malformation (AVM) rupture. Fortunately, Scott knew something was happening because he had an intense headache and slurred speech. After calling me, we both called 911. That phone call saved Scott's...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Spring Heart Walk season is here!

    Heart Walk season is here! Would you like to start a team and bring your friends and family on board? Can you help us get your company involved? If you’d like more information, drop an email to Jason.Harder@heart.org and I’ll connect you with the Corporate Events Director in your area! Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Wear Red Day Reception at the Capitol 2015

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, survivors and lawmakers who were able to join us for our Wear Red Day reception at the Capitol last week. Special thanks go out to Senator Jennifer Shilling and her staff for all their help. Thanks also to Cari Anne Renlund, 2015 Madison Go...
  • 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: 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: The State of Obesity: Wisconsin's Report

    In recognition of Childhood Obesity Awareness month, we are pleased to be able to provide our advocates with the most recent statistics on childhood obesity in our state and across the nation. The State of Obesity report (formerly F as in Fat), a project of the Trust for America’s Health and the...
  • Blog Post: Let us feature you and your "why"

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. What is your “why?” Tell us why you advocate for heart health...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry - it's official!

    The big news from last week was all about Pulse Oximetry! As of Thursday, July 3, all babies born in Wisconsin will be screened for CCHD prior to hospital discharge. There has been a lot of great media coverage about this - click the link below to read a great article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
  • Blog Post: Across America, 23 million students are eating healthier thanks to Farm to School programs

    A 2012 study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation predicted that obesity rates in the U.S.could exceed 44% by 2030, costing our country an additional $66 billion per year in medical expenses. But here's the good news: After years of focused initiatives to address...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy in the News

    Click here to read or listen to audio of Brad Gast, Chairman of the American Heart Association's Wisconsin's Advocacy Committee, discuss the victories that made 2014 such a great year for advocacy at the AHA! These successes are driven by volunteers like you. If you'd like to get more...
  • 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: Share your Story: Morgan Frain

    Morgan Frain Wisconsin On January 7, 2012, our then 3-year-old daughter, Morgan, had a sudden cardiac arrest due to an undetected rare genetic heart disorder. We were at Lambeau Field at the time of her arrest. We had our then 7-year-old daughter, Hannah, run for help and call 911, while I began CPR...
  • Blog Post: How Healthy is Your County?

    Here's a great, newly updated for 2014 resource for you to check out! You can visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ , click your state and then see where your county stacks up against others when looking at morbidity or mortality, or numerous different health factors. Do you live in one of the...
  • Blog Post: Senate Bill 73 signed by Governor Walker

    The American Heart Association thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing Senate Bill 73, which will create a grant program to assist in creating workplace wellness programs in Wisconsin for small businesses. SB 73 passed with unanimous support from both Republicans and Democrats. As health care costs...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Kent & Marcia Seeker

    Kent and Marcia Seeker Wisconsin On April 21st, 2009, my beloved wife, Marcia, suffered a heart attack just as we were going to bed. I wasn't sure WHAT was wrong, but I knew that I needed help and called 911. Amber, the 911 operator, had me relay what was happening then had me begin compression...
  • Blog Post: A big win for Wisconsin!

    On Monday March 3rd, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 523 into law. This bill gives the Department of Health Services (DHS) the authority it needs to add congenital heart defect screenings to the list of screenings that all newborns receive before they leave the hospital. The American Heart Association...
  • 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: 2013 top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke science

    New prevention guidelines, programs to control blood pressure, getting more people to access cardiac rehab services and a possible link between digestive bacteria and heart disease risk are included in a recap of last year’s top cardiovascular and stroke advances identified by the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

    On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. In the 50 years since, the smoking rate in our country has been cut in half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Eric Sarno

    Eric Sarno Wisconsin On July 3rd 2007, I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 37. I developed a sagittal sinus thrombosis (blood clot in my brain). The clot was about the size of your pinky finger. Initially my blood clot was treated with a blood thinning medication called Heparin. The hope...