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  • Blog Post: Catherine Zalewski, New Jersey

    Catherine Zalewski is a mother of 2, a certified personal trainer, a former Mrs. New Jersey and a stroke survivor. She suffered her first stroke at the age of 28, about 6 months after giving birth to her daughter. It was discovered that she had a hole in heart which was repaired through surgery. She...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate. This was a true team effort that could not be achieved without your support of our work, taking action on alerts, being part of lobby day, and you, our dedicated volunteers being tireless advocates throughout...
  • Blog Post: Capital Region Heart Walk Brings Out Hundreds, Many Learn CPR

    Over the weekend, the Capital Region Heart Walk was held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Despite the rain and the wind, the event brought out hundreds of people looking to make a difference in the lives of those living with heart disease or at risk for stroke. In addition to walking, there were...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Executive Signs Tobacco 21!

    On Wednesday June 8, County Executive Dan McCoy signed Tobacco 21 into law, making it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. As you are aware, smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This new law will make it harder for youth to get their hands on tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Strengthening the Chain of Survival in NJ

    On June 6, several "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey successfully advocated for passage of the NJ stroke bill out of the Senate Health Committee! The bill would strengthen requirements for primary and comprehensive stroke centers, recognize acute stroke ready hospitals, ensure...
  • Blog Post: Meredith McNeil, Maine

    On July 9, 2014, I suffered a stroke. I was as healthy as one could be, a triathlete and marathoner in the middle of training for my 5 th marathon. When I arrived at hospital, I experienced first-hand how a hospital handles a stroke victim.  It was remarkable to witness and I am happy to say I have made...
  • Blog Post: Two more NYS counties interested in learning more about Tobacco 21

    With all eyes on Albany County lately waiting to see if the County Executive signs the Tobacco 21 bill into law, the AHA has heard from two more counties who are interested in passing Tobacco 21 laws in their communities. Tobacco 21 would raise the legal purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21...
  • Blog Post: You Can Detect a Stroke

    I grew up worshipping Nancy Drew. Now, my daughter loves her as well. My daughter has a notebook that she fills with mysteries that she is trying to solve—it is really cool. Everyone knows that Nancy Drew is someone you want to have around in a pinch (or if you are held hostage by evil inn owners...
  • Blog Post: MA Budget Success

    Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work...
  • Blog Post: AHA/ASA Advocates Descend on New York State Capitol for Stroke Awareness Lobby Day

    On May 16, 2016 dozens of AHA/ASA volunteers arrived in Albany, New York for the 2 nd Annual Stroke Awareness Advocacy Day. Coming from all over the state and comprised of stroke survivors, caregivers, neurologists, and stroke nurses, this mighty group met with over 50 legislators in support of Stroke...
  • Blog Post: A Victory for NYC's Sodium Warning Icon Law!

    The saga that surrounds New York City's Sodium Warning Label continues. But every step has been a strong show of support of this policy which will help to empower consumers to make healthy decisions about the food they eat when dining out at chain restaurants. On Thursday, May 26, the New York...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco 21 Passes in Albany County!

    Today is a great day to live in Albany County. Last night the Albany County Legislature voted to pass Local Law C, which would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The vote was 24-13. It was inspiring to see the work of the legislature at it's finest. While some legislators still argued...
  • Blog Post: Capital Region NY Stroke Ambassador Kicks Off American Stroke Month!

    On May 5th, Stroke Ambassador Paula Symanski was joined by her New York Assemblymember Carrie Woerner as she rode her bicycle through the streets of Albany, NY - arriving in front of the State Capitol to cheers of her friends and supporters! May and June marks the height of the state legislative session...
  • Blog Post: Making Connections for Maine Survivors

    Last week, the American Heart Association in Maine hosted our first ever survivor gathering at OceanView at Falmouth. It was a resounding success. Approximately 50 heart disease and stroke survivors were able to network and hear the amazing Pat Kirby tell her story of surviving misdiagnosis, numerous...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces New Rule Overseeing All Tobacco Products Including E-Cigs!

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced exciting news that they finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This move will help improve public health and protect future generations...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Stroke in the Garden State!

    Throughout May, the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association focuses attention on New Jersey's third leading cause of death: stroke. Not only is stroke a leading cause of death, but it is also a leading cause of disability. New Jersey is a leader in stroke care, but a bill was recently...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Tobacco 21 Moves Through Committees in Albany County, Goes to Full Vote!

    On Wednesday, April 27, the Albany County Health Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee voted to move Local Law "C" through to a vote with the full legislature on May 9. Local Law "C" would raise the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Legislature Holds Public Hearing on Tobacco 21!

    Last night, the Albany County Legislature held a public hearing on raising the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Public Health advocates and community members came out in full force to discuss the reasons why raising the purchase age is so important. I was there beside my colleagues...
  • Blog Post: New Stroke Advocacy Video Coming Soon!

    Yesterday, staff at the Albany, NY office met with local paramedics and AHA volunteers to create a new video highlighting the advances in stroke treatment and why it is important for states to have stroke systems of care, including designation of stroke hospitals. In New York, the AHA/ASA is advocating...
  • Blog Post: In Preparation for American Stroke Month

    You likely know the statistics: Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the number five cause of death in the United States. In 2013, over 50,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized due to stroke and that same year over 6,000 died from stroke. Over the next three months, the American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Together We Can End Stroke in Massachusetts

    When someone has a stroke, time and type of care are the two most important factors to their survival and quality of life. A person experiencing a stroke needs to be sent to a hospital that is properly equipped to handle their particular type and severity of stroke. And the sooner, the better, as time...
  • Blog Post: ReneMarie Testa Adams, New Jersey

    RenéMarie suffered a major stroke on April 8, 1989 while coaching a softball game and is afflicted with aphasia as a result. However, RenéMarie does not let this slow her down. She views her stroke as a call to action and uses her experience to raise awareness and inspire others by sharing...
  • Blog Post: Meaghan O'Brien, Massachusetts

    Meaghan O’Brien is 25 years old young working professional with a full-time job, she is a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, She is a world traveler, a thrill-seeker and A STROKE SURVIVOR. She grew up in a small town on the South Shore with her parents and two younger...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE - A Victory Against #SneakySalt

    Salt likely won't be sneaking around restaurant menus in New York City any more - thanks to a ruling by the State Supreme Court that upheld the city's Sodium Warning Label. This law requires that any food item or meal combination that has a dangerously high level of sodium must have a small 'salt...