Welcome to the American Heart Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAA) blog!  We’re excited to share how we are working with our communities to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

Healing Stroke Patients and Caregivers Through Art

Katie Hinson This year, the American Heart Association and MUSC Health are teaming up in a community art therapy project: Strokes for Strokes. Open your Heart honoree Katie Hinson is dedicated to helping stroke survivors and caretakers heal through art therapy. The therapeutic art will be displayed at the Charleston Heart Ball on April 12, 2019. Last year, our Heart Ball campaign raised more than $391,000 allowing us to fund lifesaving research, create public awareness, and promote advocacy initiatives, all of which are designed to build a healthier place to live, work and play.   At only 5 [...]

January 17th, 2019|Community Health, South Carolina, Stroke|

American Heart Association, Upstate highlighted in local publication

Check out the latest issue of GSA Business Report "Book of Experts" to read how the American Heart Association, Upstate is making a local impact. Check out page 36-37: https://issuu.com/scbiz/docs/2017_gsa_book_of_experts_issuu   

January 14th, 2019|South Carolina, upstate|


Coach Dabo Swinney took home the title of the college football Coach of the Year at the American Heart Association’s 33rd annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards presented by Marathon Oil Corporation Wednesday. Swinney is the first coach in the Bryant Awards history to win the award three times. The first to also win the award in consecutive years—2015 and 2016—Swinney has led Clemson to eight straight seasons of at least 10 wins, along with five ACC titles, seven ACC Atlantic Division titles and 11 straight bowl appearances since 2008. Dabo Swinney’s 11 seasons as Clemson head coach have propelled him [...]

Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony

High school baseball player, Johnny Oates, overcame a fatal heart condition. The American Heart Association (AHA) is hosting the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards tonight at the Post Oak Hotel in Houston, Texas.  Two special Virginians will be honored during the ceremony and dinner:  Coach Frank Beamer and standout teen athlete and heart survivor, Johnny Oates, from Chester, Virginia. Frank Beamer will be in attendance and receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award.  Beamer coached the Virginia Tech Hokies for 29 years, retiring in 2015. “I am honored to share my story at the Paul Bear [...]

January 9th, 2019|centralvirginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Virginia|

New Bern Volunteers Rally for 25th Anniversary Heart Ball After Historic Flooding

When New Bern, NC was hit hard by Hurricane Florence in September 2018, New Bern Heart Ball volunteers were busy preparing for the 25th annual event.  The area experienced historic flooding that damaged or destroyed homes, businesses and schools across Craven and Jones counties. Many wondered, would the Heart Ball go on? The community, sponsors and members of the New Bern Heart Ball Executive Leadership Committee rallied behind the American Heart Association mission and decided to move forward, even in the face of massive hurdles.  Volunteers like co-chairs Joe and Laura Peters were committed to staying the course to ensure [...]

January 4th, 2019|easternnorthcarolina, North Carolina, Volunteerism|

Guilford County and American Heart Association Join Forces for Heartbeats of Thanks Partner Recognition Breakfast

The American Heart Association & Guilford County Department of Public Health worked together to hold the Heartbeats of Thanks Partner Recognition Breakfast. Jennifer Lawson recognized our Triad Target: BP recognitions for Cone Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health. Linda King was also able to thank the Hampton Family for all of their support for the Hampton Family Mobile Kitchen with Chef N’gai Dickerson for serving over 10,000+ families in Guilford County! Even better, AHA was able to stand side by side with the Health Department celebrating community partners working together for a healthier Triad!

January 3rd, 2019|North Carolina, triad|

Inaugural Jazz Brunch & Health Equity Symposium Brings in 200 Attendees

The inaugural Jazz Brunch & Health Equity Symposium with Winston-Salem State University was a huge success! The Triad, NC office of the American Heart Association was so proud to partner with the WSSU Physical Education Program where 200 people attended a panel focused on health equity and Yolanda Rabun got everyone moving and their hearts pumping during the brunch. Huge thanks to Linda King for making this such a success!

January 3rd, 2019|Community Health, North Carolina, triad|

Stroke Survivor’s Mom Saves Her Life By Knowing F.A.S.T.

Sylvia May recalls the day clearly. At 21-years-old, she woke up on a typical Friday morning and headed to her job with the Air Force working on fighter planes. Her day began with an inconvenient headache; however, this was the first sign of an impending stroke. Throughout the work day, Sylvia’s headache persisted. Along with this, she began hearing a ringing noise, which she could not tune out.  As a young and committed worker, Sylvia took some medicine for the headache and went on with her day, knowing she also had a softball game to play later. Following the hard-played [...]

December 23rd, 2018|Richmond, Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|