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  • Blog Post: Dr. Niels Giddins - Fighting Obesity for the Health of Vermont Kids

    This generation of kids is the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Currently, 29% of Vermont's children are overweight or obese. Dr. Niels Giddins is a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a board member for the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Theresa Conejo

    Theresa Conejo Pennsylvania My name is Theresa Conejo and I have been a You’re the Cure Advocate and AHA/ASA volunteer since 2007. While attending an American Heart/Stroke Association sponsored event at my workplace, I took the pledge and signed on. As a seasoned, Cardiovascular Nurse of thirty...
  • 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: Lisa Deck, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member and stroke survivor Lisa Deck was recently selected to serve as a National Go Red for Women Spokesperson! Congratulations Lisa and thank you for all that you do! Click the following links to see our new Go Red for Women public...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Trenholm, Connecticut

    The American Heart Association holds a special place in my heart. Like so many others, I have experienced firsthand the effects of heart disease in my family. Watching my beloved grandmother live with the symptoms of congestive heart failure on a day to day basis was extremely difficult for me &...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Buffy Mckinney

    Buffy McKinney O Fallon, IL There was never any heart disease in my family. That all changed on August 12, 2010 when my first grandson, Brody, was born with a congenital heart defect called ASD/VSD. The thought was that the holes would eventually close themselves so they released him from the hospital...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carrie Hoch-Mortlock

    Carrie Hoch-Mortlock Michigan I will begin by taking you back to year 2010. I woke up one Sunday in March and decided to stop smoking, cold turkey. I never smoked a lot, a pack per week or two. I was a social smoker. In January of that same year, I started working with a personal trainer. It was my...
  • 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: Kerry Caldarelli, Mississippi

    Kerry Caldarelli of Long Beach is Chair of our 2014-15 State Advocacy Committee. She has been a faithful volunteer and advocate with the American Heart Association for the last seven years due to her son, Garrett, who is her why. Garrett was born with multiple heart defects diagnosed as Shone's Complex...
  • Blog Post: An update on One of Our Youngest Advocates - Coulter Cross

    You might remember our littlest advocate Colter and his mom Bobbie from last year. With Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week upon us (February 7-14) we wanted to give you an update on how he is doing. This message was written by his mom, Bobbie: “ Colter celebrated his 3rd birthday in November...
  • Blog Post: Eastlake AP Government Students

    On February 3, the Advanced Placement Government class from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA traveled to Olympia to join the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association for its 2015 Lobby Day. Eastlake’s AP students joined other advocates including heart and stroke survivors,...
  • Blog Post: Herb Lommen

    Herb Lommen is not only saving lives by teaching CPR in Oregon and keeping kids healthy with physical education, but he’s a passionate advocate helping support the mission of the American Heart Association time and time again. Herb is the Department Chair of Health and Physical Education at Valley...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Ron Drouin

    STROKE – some things you may not know and were afraid to ask! My name is Ron Drouin and I am a stroke survivor. There are two types of strokes, namely: Ischemic (which account for 87% of all strokes) and Hemorrhagic. There are many contributing factors: genetics, STRESS and Health habits. My...
  • Blog Post: The Csigi Family

    For a parent, there may be no greater fear than losing a child. Wojo and Cari Ann Csigi, of Waihee, experienced that loss in 2011 when their infant son Shayden died from complications related to congenital heart defects. Now they are finding solace through their support of the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Don Bremner - 3 Time Heart Survivor and Advocate

    I had my first heart attack at the age of 51 about an hour after a hard game of squash. Up to that point I was in excellent health and maintained my fitness by running 10Ks and half-marathons. I knew about my family heart history but like many thought, ’I’m fitter and healthier with a much...
  • Blog Post: Spencer's Story - looks can be deceiving

    Written by Amy Norton, Spencer's mom You NEVER think “it will happen to you” but… “it” happened to my family, my son. At only ten weeks old my son was fighting for his life. This is his story… Spencer was born at home, on 11/08/13, with a team of experienced...
  • 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: 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...