Upstate Mom Raises Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects

Blair Sucher says she was destined to become a mother her whole life.  On July 17, 2017, her and her husband welcomed Robert "Jones" Sucher into the world.  They were overcome with joy and could not wait for the journey ahead. However, the next year would bring hardship as they found out about Jones’ congenital heart defect and the need for [...]

Upstate AHA Showcases Local Impact

Throughout 2019, the American Heart Association will be launching a series of videos highlighting key community events and efforts. Through programs at the community level, the American Heart Association is carrying out their mission of being a relentless force for longer, healthier lives. From blood pressure initiatives to local research studies, the fight against heart disease is in full swing [...]

Heart Healthy 2018 Policy Accomplishments in the Greater Washington Region

Washington, DC- Thanks to the dedication, passion, and hard work of You’re the Cure volunteers, 2018 was another successful year of public policy accomplishments for heart health in Greater Washington. You’re the Cure advocates were active in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to support, defend, and help pass legislation that will continue to make our region a national leader [...]

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Health, Greater Washington Region, Heart Disease, You're The Cure|0 Comments

Dennis Popp’s Story

I never imagined the toll heart disease would have on my life.  I had a stroke in 2000, a heart attack in 2004 and was in complete heart failure in 2013.  Medical advances have helped to keep me alive for years, but it was a heart transplant in 2017 that has given me new life.  At age 45, I never [...]

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Heart Disease, Richmond, Stroke, Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments

Richmond Hard Hats With Heart Builds Blueprint for Better Health in Central Virginia

Richmond, VA - On Wednesday, September 19, the American Heart Association hosted the inaugural Hard Hats With Heart event at Atlas 42 in Innsbrook.   Hard Hats With Heart is an initiative that brings science-based, workplace wellness resources to the construction industry. With higher than national averages for smoking and obesity, workers in the construction industry are at an increased risk [...]

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: Community Health, Events, Heart Disease, Virginia|Tags: |0 Comments

Richmond Luncheon Speaker Receives New Heart!

At the Richmond Go Red for Women luncheon on February 23, 2018, Amber Eck moved the audience with her incredible story of how a case of pneumonia at age 20 attacked her heart, ultimately developing into advance heart failure.  For nearly 3 years, an LVAD (left ventricular assistance device) has been helping Amber’s failing heart pump properly.  Struggling physically and [...]

By |April 6th, 2018|Categories: Go Red For Women, Heart Disease, Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments

West Virginia Middle-Schooler Wins National Hoops For Heart Art Contest

Whitley Frame, Moorfield Intermediate School student and winner of the Hoops for Heart Design Contest Each year, the American Heart Association holds a nation-wide art contest to find student designs to feature in their. The nearly 500 entries are narrowed down to 10, which are voted on online to find two winning designs, one for Jump Rope for [...]

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Heart Disease, Kids Health, Mission, Stroke|0 Comments

Save the Date! 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit

Registration for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit will open in early January. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley Hotel. The Summit is a week-long event that will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Arrest, [...]

U.S. deaths from heart disease, cancer on the rise

You may have seen last month's report from the CDC/NCHS. Since the early 1900s, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. with cancer being the second leading cause. However, in 2014 cancer surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states, including NC and VA. While cancer is now No. 1 in [...]

Moving to a new state to break the cycle of heart failure

A recent transplant from Detroit, Shirley has spent much of her working life taking care of others. So when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, she learned the hard way it was time to take care of herself. Shirley’s story begins in adolescence, when her life long weight loss challenges began. “I was always a heavy person, but I’d [...]

By |February 25th, 2016|Categories: Heart Disease, South Carolina, Survivor Stories|0 Comments