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Stroke Bill Considered in the Oklahoma Legislature

An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the Oklahoma Legislature.  We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on HB1463!

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This bill will allow for the development of emergency medical service protocols related to the care of stroke patients. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability in our state and is the #5 killer.

The development of these protocols will help to help stroke patients receive quality care in a timely manner and improve outcomes. We strongly endorse this legislation because it will help get stroke patients the fast treatment and quality of care that is so essential.

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Stroke Bill Considered in the New Mexico Legislature

An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the New Mexico Legislature.  We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on SB 81!

Take Action Now!  https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=36384#Ind_ID] 

This bill will allow for the development of emergency medical service protocols related to the care of stroke patients. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability in our state and is the #5 killer.

The development of these protocols will help to help stroke patients receive quality care in a timely manner and improve outcomes. We strongly endorse this legislation because it will help get stroke patients the fast treatment and quality of care that is so essential.                 

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Stroke Bill Considered in the Legislature

An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the Arkansas Legislature.  We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on HB1465!

Take action now!  https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=36311#Ind_ID]

This bill will allow for the development of emergency medical service protocols related to the care of stroke patients. Stroke is the leading cause of long term disability in our state and is the #5 killer.

The development of these protocols will help to help stroke patients receive quality care in a timely manner and improve outcomes. We strongly endorse this legislation because it will help get stroke patients the fast treatment and quality of care that is so essential.                 

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Friendly Reminder: Nevada Lobby Day is March 31st Register Today

During this busy time of the year, I wanted to friendly remind you that Nevada’s Lobby Day is around the corner on March 31st! Can we count on you to be there?

Registration is free, but space is limited, so register today!

At the event, advocates from across the state will gather at the Capitol in Carson City to lobby for heart healthy legislation.  This legislation includes legislation to improve Stroke systems of care, support for CPR in Schools and many other health related issues. No advocacy experience is necessary; training will be provided. It promises to be an exciting day of advocacy. We hope you’ll join us!

For more information on our legislative priorities or ways to get involved, please contact Ben Schmauss or Josh Brown.

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Update on the 2015 Legislative Session

Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director

AHA Priority Bills Still On Track As State Legislative Session Nears Half-Way Mark

Two of the American Heart Association’s priority bills were on track toward final passage into law as the Hawaii State Legislature neared the half-way point in its 2015 session: newborn heart screening and stroke data registry. 

(HB 467/SB 337) Newborn Heart Screening

HB 467/SSB 337 would require all newborns to be screened for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) prior to discharge from their birthing center. One of the best ways to detect CCHD is through a simple, noninvasive, inexpensive test, called pulse oximetry, or pulse ox. The pulse ox test consists of sensors placed on a baby's hand and/or foot to check blood oxygen levels. It is a simple bedside test to determine the amount of oxygen in a baby's blood and the baby's pulse rate. Low levels of oxygen in the blood can be a sign of a CCHD. The test is painless and takes only a few minutes. If the baby’s levels are too low, additional tests may be conducted and advanced treatments pursued.

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects. Babies discharged from a birthing center without having a congenital heart defect diagnosed are at risk for having serious problems, or even death, within the first few days or weeks of life.

(HB 589) Stroke Data Registry

(HB 589) would establish a state stroke data registry. The bill passed its hearings in the House and was expected to pass a House floor vote before moving to the Senate for consideration. Establishment of a stroke registry in Hawaii could help illuminate weaknesses that exist in the state’s stroke system of care.

For example, data collected in a stroke registry may show poor patient education about stroke symptoms, geographical differences in the quality of stroke care received, problems with adherence to stroke treatment guidelines, or the need to improve pre-hospital stroke response or treatment by our county EMS agencies. The data could then catalyze Hawaii’s stroke stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges encountered.

Under the bill, all hospitals treating stroke patients would be required to use the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality improvement tool to collect and share patient stroke data with the State Department of Health which would then work with the State Stroke Task Force, a coalition of representatives from stroke hospitals, EMS agencies, the Department of Health and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to assess the de-identified data and make recommendations to improve the state’s stroke system of care. Stroke is Hawaii’s third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability.

Stay tuned for further action alerts to support these bills as they continue through the legislative process.

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February was a Busy Month

Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director

February was a busy month for the Idaho AHA, with the first annual Go Red Week taking place. February 3-7, 2015 had the AHA team, volunteers and community partners teaching hands-only CPR across the Treasure Valley and we now have over 2,000 new trained lifesavers. We also had a successful Stroke Education workshop for health care professionals and several wonderful opportunities to spotlight our amazing volunteers, survivors and sponsors.

We’ve also been busy in the Legislature, working with the Time Sensitive Emergency Council on creating rules and standards for approval. The Time Sensitive Emergency Council was formed in 2014 to create a more comprehensive system of care dealing with medical emergencies where time to treatment is critical, specifically trauma, stroke and heart attacks. The rules and standards for trauma have been approved by both the House and Senate Health and Welfare Committees.

In 2015 we’ll continue to work with the Council to develop the standards for Stroke and STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, a particular type of heart attack that affects a large area of the heart muscle). These rules will be amended to include the standards for STEMI and Stroke designation criteria after the Legislature adjourns for the session. These designation standards will help improve the health care system statewide by improving the coordination between emergency responders, hospitals and other health care elements critical during an emergency.

We’ve also seen the recommendation for tobacco and substance abuse prevention and cessation funding from the Joint Legislative Millennium Fund Committee, with 18 programs receiving requested funding, and over $5 million going specifically toward tobacco cessation and abuse prevention. This represents an increase over previous years funding by over 25% toward the CDC recommended funding goals.

We have many other activities in progress and will continue to reach out to our volunteers and supporters as we move forward, working to improve heart health, decrease risk factors, and prevent heart disease and stroke.

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Stroke Designation Legislation Introduced in Tennessee

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Every year, 795,000 new and recurrent strokes occur nationwide; of which 137,000 are fatal. To address the issue in Tennessee, Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Bob Ramsey have filed legislation that will ensure stroke patients receive proper care in a timely manner once 9-1-1 is called. 

House Bill 1156 / Senate Bill 1034 establishes a program to facilitate the development of stroke treatment capabilities in hospitals and other healthcare settings in the state. Facility designations are earned based on evaluation of hospital infrastructure, services, personnel, and quality of care. The American Heart Association supports the establishment of stroke centers, hospitals that have the expertise and infrastructure to deliver high quality stroke care, accredited by the Joint Commission or another nationally recognized accrediting body. 

The American Heart Association supports this legislation, in an effort to increase survival and decrease the disabilities associated with stroke. Stay tuned for future You're The Cure alerts on the issue!

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Roosevelt Island Supports Community CPR Training!

Thanks to advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Sharon Williams and a great group of volunteers, Roosevelt Island is quickly becoming the safest place to be if you suffer a cardiac arrest!  Lynne and Sharon have helped implement a community training program that prepares New Yorkers to use hands-only CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the case that someone's heart stops beating.  More than 300 people have been trained in these life-saving skills as a result of their efforts! 

To learn more information, or to find out about future training dates, visit this link:

http://rooseveltislander.blogspot.com/2015/03/help-save-life-take-roosevelt-island.html

We hope that the high school on Roosevelt Island soon starts to train students as well so they can be designated CPR Smart like Port Richmond High School was last week.  If Lynne and Sharon have their way, everyone in this vibrant slice of Manhattan will soon be prepared to help save a life! 

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Bill to Improve Stroke Care in KY Has Passed!

What if a bill could make the difference between life and death or between ability and disability for Kentucky's stroke victims? It can. Senate Bill 10 would ensure Kentucky's stroke victims get the fast treatment they need for the best chance at a full recovery and, thanks to your outreach to lawmakers, was just passed by the legislature!

Kentucky is part of the stroke belt and has higher rates of strokes than many other states. The law will continue the development of a stroke system of care in Kentucky that adds comprehensive stroke centers and acute stroke ready hospitals to the state’s existing Primary Stroke Center designation program.

Timely access to a hospital that has the systems in place to provide this specialty care can often make the difference for stroke victims and their loved ones. Thanks to quick passage of Senate Bill 10 this session, stroke victims in the Commonwealth will have the best chance for quick treatment and a full recovery.

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