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Will you help influence scientific research?

We need to hear from consumers like you as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) partner together on the future of research. Your experience could lead to the next research study to improve heart disease and stroke treatment.

As an advocate we’ve asked you to speak out for increased funding for medical research and you’ve answered by contacting lawmakers and sharing your personal stories as survivors, caregivers, and loved ones touched by heart and stroke disease. Now we invite you to share your experience, the decisions made in determining your or your loved one’s treatment plans and the factors that influenced those decisions. If we better understand your experience it can help guide the research that will lead to better care tailored to the specific needs of patients.

If you’ve had a heart attack, suffered a stroke, or you know a loved one who has, your unique understanding could help guide research to solve un-met care challenges faced by individuals like you and improve heart and stroke treatment.

Here are the details:

  • We are focused on un-met challenges faced by patients and caregivers like you. 
  • To join this challenge, you’ll be asked to provide a written submission of your first-hand experience after a heart disease or stroke event.
  • The story and description of the concerns you faced and the decisions you made should be personal and not a general case.
  • A team of scientific professionals and patient representatives with expertise in heart disease and stroke will review your story. Learning more about issues and concerns important to your decision-making can help them improve experiences and outcomes for patients in the future.
  • If your submission is chosen, you could win $1,000 and possibly help shape the future of cardiovascular research.
  • All submissions must be received by June 8, 2016.

Please take this important challenge and share your insights. Your story matters. Take the challenge today!

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Are the streets in your town complete?

In New Hampshire we usually think of roads going through our towns as "complete" when we are able to drive our cars without having to avoid potholes.  But "Complete Streets" means so much more.  Complete Streets is a design approach that contributes to a community’s quality of life, encouraging residents to be physically active by creating roadways that are safe and convenient for all modes of transportation, including bicycles and pedestrians.  The NH Legislature is one step away from passing legislation to create a study committee to examine how a Complete Streets policy can benefit us all.  This is a unique opportunity for NH to improve public health and to create more walkable, liveable communities.  

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AHA President Says: The Science is Clear on Sodium Reduction

Check this out! In a new video, the President of the AHA, Dr. Mark Creager, explains that the science behind sodium reduction is clear. He says that robust evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. And, he points out that you can do something about it: join AHA’s efforts to demand change in the amounts of sodium in our food supply.

“Nearly 80 percent of the sodium we eat comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods” says AHA president Dr. Mark Creager. The video shows the 6 foods that contribute the most salt to the American diet: breads & rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches."

To see the video, head over to our Sodium Breakup blog!

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A Win for Access to Healthcare in New Hampshire

Last month the Legislature voted to continue the NH Health Protection Program for another two years!  The American Heart Association knows providing low wage workers access to affordable healthcare is key to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  For the past two years, nearly 47,000 Granite Staters have been able to access preventive healthcare through New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program.  Without legislative action though, this successful program would have ended on December 31 of this year. For heart disease and stroke patients and those at risk, access to quality, affordable care is critical.  We know Medicaid beneficiaries with heart disease are twice as likely to take their medication appropriately, to have their blood pressure controlled and to have been checked for high cholesterol, compared to those who are uninsured.  NH has already seen success of this program, such as a reduction of over 20% of uninsured patients using hospital emergency rooms for non-critical healthcare services. 

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The healthy difference a month can make

March is Nutrition Month, and a perfect time to get more involved with the AHA’s ongoing efforts to promote science-based food and nutrition programs that help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Every day, we’re seeing new initiatives: to make fruits and vegetables more affordable; to reduce the number of sugar-sweetened beverages that our kids are drinking; and of course, to ensure students are getting the healthiest school meals possible, all with the same goal: to help families across the country lead the healthiest lives they possibly can.

It’s also a great opportunity to lower your sodium intake. The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day – more than twice the AHA-recommended amount. Excessive sodium consumption has been shown to lead to elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Visit for tips on to lower your intake and to get heart-healthy recipes.

However you choose to celebrate, Nutrition Month gives us all the chance to take control of our diets; to recommit to eating fresh, healthy foods; and to remember all month long that you’re the cure.

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Update to the NH CPR Training in Schools Policy Efforts

The AHA in New Hampshire supported legislation this year to add CPR compressions practice to the high school health class curriculum. While many school districts in NH offer all students hands on CPR training, most do not go beyond a basic learning about CPR as part of the First Aid component of their required health class.   Unfortunately, the bill went very quickly through the Senate Education Committee and failed to pass this year.  Over half of the United States now have in law that high school students must have CPR training, including time to practice proper chest compression skills, the most critical part of CPR for someone in cardiac arrest.  Volunteer advocates in NH will continue to press lawmakers to see the value of ensuring all high school students graduate trained in CPR and ready to save a life.  Volunteers are also continuing work at the local school district level to engage administrators in working this into policy within their health class curriculum.  You can help!  Please join the movement by visiting to learn more about the American Heart Association's CPR in Schools program.


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Take the You're the Cure Advocate Survey

2015 was a great year for You're the Cure advocates and the many policy efforts that you work on. We have big plans for 2016, and we want to hear from you and what you want to see in the future for You're the Cure.

So take the survey now and let your voice be heard.

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New Hampshire Coalition to fight for Healthy, Active Kids

I am very pleased to announce that New Hampshire has received a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids to establish a coalition to bring partners together around policy solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic in the Granite State. These funds will enable the AHA and our partners to build advocacy capacity to develop and execute a multi-year policy agenda to address several policy priorities regarding physical activity and healthy eating. The first policy goal is to prohibit junk food marketing in schools, to support school nutrition leaders and parents in instilling healthy eating habits in children.  The long term goals are to work to improve community environments, to enable more safe and convenient opportunities for physical activity and more access to healthy food and beverage choices for children and families.  A campaign coordinator has been hired to lead the formation of this statewide coalition and other staff will be brought on to serve as a grassroots organizer of community members and groups with experience working with NH’s diverse and underserved communities.

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Join us on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women are asking for your support by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health. 

And don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Then encourage others through your social channels to do the same.

We couldn’t make positive changes without the support and donations by individuals like you.

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Support Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire this New Year

January kicks off the 2016 legislative session in New Hampshire.  Hearings will begin soon on hundreds of bills including the American Heart Association’s policy priorities.  Each year the AHA presents a robust policy agenda for our lawmakers to support that will focus on building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in our state.  As a You’re The Cure Advocate, please keep a watch on Action Alerts and updates you will receive in the coming weeks and months on policy issues to help make our communities healthier and safer, including:

  • Encouraging schools to ensure healthy nutrition environments by protecting our children from unhealthy food and beverage marketing on school property;
  • Putting thousands of trained lifesavers in NH communities every year by seeing that all students receive hands-on training in CPR prior to their graduation from high school;
  • Creating a Complete Streets policy for NH communities that provide safe and convenient roadways for all modes of transportation including bicyclists and pedestrians; and,
  • Protecting kids from Tobacco by raising the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

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