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Award winner fights health disparities in Texas

Marcie Wilson’s son Kevin was just 2 years old when he fell into a hot tub and nearly drowned. His panicked dad pulled him out.

“He was so purple, almost black. He felt like rubber,” Wilson recalled. “I saw his life flash before me: the day he was born, his […]

July 9th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Physician of the year: Research has paid off

Neil Stone got a painfully early education in heart disease. One by one, it stole his family members.

His paternal grandmother died from a heart attack 48. Then her brothers died young from heart attacks too. Stone’s uncle had a heart attack in his 30s. He survived, only to succumb […]

July 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog||1 Comment

Healthcare volunteer of the year: Education first

Things were different when Debbie Camp started her nursing career in the 1970s — so different that she calls that time the Dark Ages.

“When stroke patients were admitted, we literally put them in the corner in the dark and waited, because the only treatment we had to offer them […]

Local, national contributions lead to successes

Years before he started volunteering for the American Heart Association, Don Hultgren’s mom suffered a stroke. Before then, Hultgren had no idea about all the work the organization does in this area.

But over the past 15 years, the Dallas-area businessman has enjoyed doing a large variety of important work […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Meritorious achievement winner focuses on smallest hearts

Dianne Atkins has devoted her entire career to protecting young hearts.

That passion drives Atkins’ work as professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and as a pediatric cardiologist. She’s a steadfast advocate for advancing resuscitation science in the young and the […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

Meritorious achievement winner: You have to pay attention

Obesity is one of the biggest bullies around when it comes to heart health. But a group of science and medical volunteers for the American Heart Association is fighting back.

“The problems we’re facing are bigger than any single entity can overcome,” said Ronald Krauss, M.D., who founded the AHA […]

July 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog||0 Comments

AHA funding new research network aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke

Four major institutions are banding together and leveraging the strength of basic, clinical and population research to prevent heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world.

The Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network Centers — funded by a $15 million grant from the American Heart Association — […]

Research: E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit

Despite marketing claims, there’s no proof that e-cigarettes help smokers kick the habit — and they may even hurt their efforts to stop, according to new research.

“The overall cessation argument that’s made to sell e-cigarettes is directly contradicted by the evidence,” said Stanton Glantz, professor of medicine at the […]

New York elementary school breaks fundraising record

An elementary school in upstate New York raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the American Heart Association this year, making it the top-earning school in the history of Jump Rope for Heart.

In 2008, French Road Elementary School in Rochester achieved its goal of surpassing $1 million for its combined years […]

TV performer raising awareness of heart disease in women

America’s most famous letter-turner is helping spell out the risks of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

Vanna White, who has worn more than 6,000 outfits since she started on “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982, will wear a red dress on the May 5 episode to spread the […]