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We're Feeling Grateful

As AHA Advocacy staff, we get to work alongside the most remarkable volunteers- like YOU! We get to see lives improved and lives saved as a result of the work we’ve done together, and for that, we're grateful.

As You’re the Cure volunteers, you share personal stories of loved ones lost too soon, of survival, or of triumph over heart disease or stroke- all because you know your stories will make a difference in someone else’s life. It is often those stories that convince lawmakers to pass the policies making our communities healthier.

Because of you, more babies are being screened with Pulse Ox and having their heart defects corrected before it’s too late. Because of you, people in communities around the country have been saved by students who learned CPR in school. Because of you, people are getting better stroke care, families have safe places for active play, fewer people are smoking, and kids are eating healthier food at school.  The impact you’re making is incredible, and our communities are better places- because of you.

You make us cry. You share your joy. You inspire us. You amaze us. And we’re just so grateful for all you do.

We’re including YOU as we count our blessings this month, and we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!   

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Safer Streets for Connecticut...

We are pleased to announce that we have received confirmation that the American Heart Association secured a $9.8 million appropriation of bonded funds to support bike and pedestrian transportation projects. These dollars will help CT residents have access to safer bike and pedestrian transportation opportunities. I want to thank you, our You're the Cure advocates, for helping us secure this funding and continuing to help us keep Connecticut heart healthy.

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Sing to End Stroke

One in three Americans can’t recall any stroke warning signs. What if singing a song could help people recognize a stroke and give someone the power to save a life?

On World Stroke Day, October 29th, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is using music to help people remember the common warning signs of stroke, F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1).

Why learn the F.A.S.T song? The quicker you recognize the stroke warning signs and call 9-1-1 for stroke, the better the chances of recovery. 

Here is how you can participate:

So get your vocal cords ready and let's sing to end stroke!


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Charles Wira MD, Connecticut

We’re fortunate to have Dr. Charles Wira as the Chairman of our Stroke Task Force. Dr. Wira brings a wealth of knowledge to the group that will help them produce the best recommendations possible for improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut.

Dr. Wira is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. His scholarly pursuits are related to cardiac arrest, sepsis and stroke. In stroke, he is a site co-investigator on NIH funded studies evaluating albumin and induced hypothermia in ischemic stroke patients, and industry funded trials evaluating extended windows for novel thrombolytics. He is a lead investigator on several stroke system studies funded by the AHA/ASA and the first Emergency Physician to serve as Chair of the Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC, the northeast AHA/ASA region).

Dr. Wira is also extensively involved in teaching medical students and residents. He is a faculty advisor to several residents for their scholarly projects and has served as thesis advisor to a number of medical students.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Wira leading our task force and look forward to working with him the other task force members to make sure our stroke systems of care in Connecticut are as strong as possible.

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Voices for Healthy Kids Conference in New Orleans

I’m excited to be writing this update from smoke free New Orleans. Over the course of the week I’ll be meeting with advocacy staff from the American Heart Association and Voices for Healthy Kids to discuss how we can be more effective advocates in the fight against obesity.

Over the course of the week we will be working to develop new ideas, skills and tools to support our efforts aimed at addressing obesity. We will be working on great initiatives in the 2016 legislative session to help reduce childhood obesity. These include ensuring that only healthy foods are marketed to children in schools and securing funding for new bikeways and walkaways.

I’ll be learning a lot throughout the week and I’m looking forward to taking it all back to Connecticut and sharing it with you so we can make sure our advocacy efforts are as effective as possible in 2016.

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Legislative Agenda Summary

It’s an exciting time in the Connecticut General Assembly and the advocacy world. We have begun to finalize our legislative agenda and the legislature is beginning to shift gears for the start of the 2016 session.

We have an ambitious agenda full of great proposals that will help save lives and move Connecticut towards being a state free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Our 2016 legislative agenda includes a proposal to implement a statewide stroke registry and a tiered system of stroke facility designation. This will help ensure that when someone has a stroke they can get the most appropriate care as quickly as possible.

We will also be pursuing legislation to prohibit the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools that do not meet Connecticut’s school nutrition standards. This will help ensure that our students are successful by providing them with a culture of health that encourages a healthy diet.

We will also be working to secure appropriations to help implement CPR training in schools, build more bikeways and walkways and provide schools with incentives to promote a shared use of their facilities. It’s a short session and we certainly are going to have a lot going on. So stay tuned. I’m looking forward to moving these proposals forward with you as we work to make Connecticut a state free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Meetings with CT Congressional Delegation for School Nutrition

This month members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be heading back to Washington DC from August recess. When they return to the hill, they will be fighting to protect funding for school nutrition programs established under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

The positive effects of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act are already being felt in Connecticut. 88% of school districts in Connecticut are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards. 

That’s why our advocates and staff met with members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation throughout the month of August to make sure they know we support strong school nutrition standards.

However, despite the progress that’s been made under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the food industry is still allowed to market unhealthy products in our schools. This sends a mixed message to our students. It is also counterproductive to creating the culture of health our students need to be successful. 

This legislative session we’re going to be doing our part in Connecticut to support school nutrition programs and make sure our students stay healthy. We will be pursuing legislation that will prohibit the marketing of unhealthy foods in schools that don’t meet Connecticut’s school nutrition standards. So stay tuned. It’s time we stopped sending our students mixed messages.


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Lew Panzo, Connecticut

I’m proud to introduce one of our newest advocates, Lew Panzo. Lew will be attending our Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on September 17th in Washington DC. He was 47 years old when he had a Myocardial Infraction. One year later, he was admitted with chest pains and had to undergo a Quadruple Bypass.

For the last 23 years Lew has learned to live with heart disease. He has made lifestyle changes including daily exercise and making sure to eat a heart healthy diet.

Given his experience, Lew is the perfect advocate to represent the AHA in Washington, DC during the rally. Lew will be meeting with key members of Congress to share his story and make sure they understand the importance of continued funding for cardiovascular research through the National Institute of Health.  We look forward to Lew having a successful trip and hearing all about it when he gets back.

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New Stroke Guidelines Will Change Stroke Treatment in the U.S

Each year, more than 690,000 Americans have strokes caused by blood clots blocking vessels in the brain, called ischemic strokes. Some of the clots can grow large and may require intense therapy to treat.

However, widely celebrated new research reaffirms that large blood clots in the brain are less likely to result in disability or death, if the blockage is removed in the crucial early hours of having a stroke.

Right now the standard treatment is a clot-dissolving drug called tPA. But it must be given intravenously within 4.5 hours to be effective. For people with larger brain clots, tPA only works about a third of the time.

New studies recommend doctors to use modernized -retrievable stents, to open and trap the clot, allowing doctors to extract the clot and reopen the artery nearly every time when used with tPA.

To learn more read “Clot Removing Devices Provide Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients” and visit to learn the warning signs of stroke.

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Stroke Task Force Moves Quickly and Gov. Malloy Holds Formal Signing For CPR Bill

Summer may be seen a slower time in in the legislature, but that’s not the case with the Department of Health Task Force to Study Stroke. The group has begun meeting regularly and it’s clear that everyone in the group is dedicated to improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. The group recently met this past Tuesday and began fleshing out the beginning pieces of the recommendations they will make to the Connecticut General Assembly in the 2016 legislative session.

It’s exciting to watch the legislative process right from the start and see how the different groups work together to craft a final product. It will be interesting to see what the recommendations look like, but there appears to be consensus in the group that whatever the final product is, it should include the implementation of a tiered system of stroke facility designation and the establishment of a statewide stroke registry. These two provisions would ensure that if a person suffers a stroke they can be transported the nearest stroke center in the shortest amount of time and the registry will collect data that will help inform decisions and best practices when treating stroke.

The Task Force will be meeting the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, this is an aggressive meeting schedule and they are even looking to expand the end date of the Task Force past the July 16, 2016 deadline to ensure systems of care in Connecticut are able to adapt to the ever changing field of medicine. So stay tuned.

In other news, Governor Malloy held a ceremonial bill signing on Wednesday, August 5th for Senate Bill 962, which will require all students to receive CPR training prior to graduation. AHA volunteer Mahika Jhangiani is pictured with Governor Malloy in the photo above. Mahika, a certified Emergency Medical Responder since she was a sophomore in high school, testified in support of SB 962 and teaches hands-only CPR to students in Norwalk.

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