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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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Janie McGrew, Florida

Janie McGrew, Florida

Three years before my father died, he suffered a debilitating stroke. It stole his quality of life and everything he considered to make life worth living, depriving him of happiness. Many people close to him, people he trusted, took advantage of him. As I watched him, I decided that it is possible to help prevent someone from having my father’s experience with stroke.

I realized my family and I shared multiple risk factors for stroke and heart attack. I connected with the mission of the American Heart Association and committed to changing my own health and risk factors through diet and physical activity. I became a You’re the Cure advocate to help our communities become healthier and stroke-ready. After all, it takes people being engaged to make a difference for the better. The American Heart Association has made a positive difference in my own life and the lives of others, helping to move stroke from the third to fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Originally posted: October 31, 2012

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Hillsborough County School Board Receives CPR Training

American Heart Association Tampa Bay Metro Board President, Dr. Gul Dadlani, and Hillsborough Fire Rescue trained the Hillsborough County School Board in Hands-OnlyTM CPR on Sept. 15 as part of the Tampa Bay Metro Board’s ongoing effort to increase civilian CPR training.

Thanks to local funding, a CPR in Schools kit has been placed in every Hillsborough County high school. Plus, all ninth grade students will receive the same Hands-OnlyTM CPR training during their physical education course this year as part of the H.O.P.E. curriculum. As a result of this training, the school board is considering ways to make these CPR trainings more sustainable for future generations of lifesavers.


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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association has brought back a fun and easy way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity. Through the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™  families and kids will learn to take control of their health in four weeks by pursuing a different goal each week with activities that are fun, simple, won’t break the bank and can be done as a family! By the end of the month, you might feel accomplished and be better equipped to live a heart-healthy life. There will also be four Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ Twitter Chats every Wednesday in September.

Mark your calendars and get ready to take the challenge in September by visiting - where you will have access to videos, complimentary challenge materials, and the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ social media group that will help you, and your family, stay on track.  



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AHA Attends 1st Annual Healthy Eating Physical Activity Summit in Fla.

On September 1, 2015, the Pioneering Healthy Communities coalition (PHC) held the first annual Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Summit in Orlando, Florida. The American Heart Association attended as part of the coalition.

The summit aimed to convene community and state advocates, determine opportunities for state and local action to support HEPA and develop partnerships and collaborations to assist in HEPA implementation. When implementing HEPA standards, four priorities must be met. They are, but not restricted to, water as the beverage of choice, outdoor play, 1 percent  milk instead of juice, and screen time limits.

There were more than 150 attendees at the summit representing various stakeholders from around the state. The PHC coalition already is planning on next year’s event and working to make the summit even more beneficial and informative to the attendees. We look forward to participating!

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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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Sunrise Fire Rescue Trains 1,000+ Florida Citizens in CPR

Guest blogger: Danielle DiGiacomo, Fire Prevention Specialist, City of Sunrise

The first week in June, Sunrise Fire Rescue issued a newsletter on the City of Sunrise website and at residents’ association meetings, spreading the word about National CPR and  AED Awareness Week that directed people to the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Hands-OnlyTM CPR video online.  Using the Hands-Only CPR social media marketing tools provided on the American Heart Association’s website, posts were created throughout the week on both Fire Rescue’s  and the City’s main Facebook and Twitter pages.  A Hands-Only CPR training also was provided for the Sawgrass Mills Walmart employees on June 5. 

The video was shown again at the City Commission meeting held the following week, after a brief introduction from Fire Chief, Thomas DiBernardo.  At the National Night Out event held on August 4 at the Sunrise Public Safety complex, Sunrise Fire Rescue set up and staffed a Hands-Only CPR training booth for the 1000 plus patrons with a laptop playing two different American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR videos, and a third video from the British Heart Association looped back-to-back.  Sunrise Fire Rescue ran this training booth again on August 8 for the city’s Back-to-School event, now with two 50” TVs running the looped videos.  Going forward, Sunrise Fire Rescue is planning additional Hands-Only CPR trainings for local schools and churches.

In addition to raising awareness of Hands-Only CPR, Sunrise Fire Rescue has been testing the PulsePoint smartphone app, in preparation to become the first city in South Florida to adopt it.  Working with EMS dispatch centers and intended for civilians trained in CPR, PulsePoint alerts the user when bystander CPR is needed nearby.  PulsePoint directs the user to the nearest publicly accessible AED, as well as the location of the cardiac emergency.  This gives everyday citizens trained in CPR the opportunity to provide potentially lifesaving assistance in the window of time between the initial call to 9-1-1 and the arrival of EMS. Bystander CPR administered prior to EMS arrival has been shown to significantly improve outcomes in viable patients, and the PulsePoint app is credited with saving lives in Orlando and throughout California, where it is already is in use.  Testing for Sunrise Fire Rescue is in its final stages with a launch date to be announced soon.

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Greta McKinnon-Hall, Florida

Working at St. Johns County Fire Rescue definitely was not in my life's plan. I wanted to become a high school history teacher. But, things work out for a reason and to say I found my calling would be an understatement.

In 2012, I developed a "Hands Only CPR" program and thought that the high school level was the perfect place to start. These students were about to go out into the real world and possibly be in circumstances where knowing CPR could save someone's life. In April 2012 I approached one of our high school principals and asked if he would allow us to attempt to train their senior class and he said, "Sure." The following month, we held the first Hands-Only™ CPR senior class event. Through the course of the day, we trained almost 300 seniors in Hands-Only CPR and how to use an AED. This program was such a success that we expanded it to all seven St. Johns County high schools.

Starting in November 2012, we began the program by going to one or two high schools a month. In the first full year, we successfully trained 3,500 graduating seniors. The 2014-15 school year started in September and by the completion of this year we will have gone to all seven public high schools and adding a private high school as well.

The program has no funding and the success of the program was supported by volunteers (15-25 per school event), borrowed equipment and donated items.

- Written by Greta McKinnon-Hall

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FL 2015 State Legislative Session Outcome Report

The 2015 special session wrapped up on June 20 and many organizations including the American Heart Association were left scratching their heads at everything that transpired over the course of the special session.  While the main issue was Medicaid Expansion, there were several budgetary issues and other policy issues that were being debated over the three week special session.  We added an appropriation into the budget for CPR, we advocated for Healthy Food Financing and Medicaid Expansion and we ensured our biomedical research and tobacco funding remained whole during the process.  Please click here to read the full 2015 session wrap up report.  If you have any questions about the 2015 legislative session or 2015 special session, please contact David Francis at



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