Teacher Copes with Newly Diagnosed Heart-Stopping Condition

On November 7, 2017, Elisheva Marks was in line to board a plane back to her hometown of Boston. The teacher was excited to return home after beginning a new job the week earlier. Unfortunately, Elisheva never made it home that day. Without warning, her heart stopped beating, and she went into cardiac arrest. Fortunately, she received bystander CPR at [...]

By |August 14th, 2018|Categories: Survivor Stories, Virginia|0 Comments

J.B. Watkins Elementary Recognized by American Heart Association as #1 School in Virginia

During the 2017-18 school year, J.B. Watkins Elementary School students in Chesterfield, Virginia took over 400 heart healthy challenges and raised over $42,000 for the American Heart Association, making them the No. 1 school in Virginia and the No. 19 school in the country for their participation with the association. Students pledged to either drink water in place of sugary sweetened beverages, [...]

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Kids Health, Virginia|0 Comments

Walking Toward a Healthy Heart

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.  That breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week. So what’s the payoff?  You’ll feel healthier, stronger and live longer. Research shows that regular exercise, like walking, helps lower a person’s risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. [...]

By |July 31st, 2018|Categories: Heart Walk, Virginia|0 Comments

Volunteer Spotlight:  Husband and Wife Team Teach Others How to Cook with Heart

For Chef Gordon Russell, food is much more than nourishment. It’s a unifier of people, an expression of culture, and a healer of the body, mind and soul. “I have a deep and serious passion for food and people — they are as one,” Gordan said. “We eat to live because food is a medicine that powers our bodies and [...]

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Community Health, Mission, Virginia, Volunteerism|1 Comment

Celebrating Pride Month in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate

The American Heart Association is celebrating LGBTQ Pride month this June by sharing resources and participating in different events across the country. Teri Arnold, Marketing and Communications Director for the Hampton Roads, Virginia region and Communications Officer for AHA’s Hearts With Pride Employee Resource Group, recently told her heart attack survivor story at the Baltimore Go Red For Women Luncheon [...]

Target:BP Data Submission Closes

About 103 million adults (nearly half) in the United States have high blood pressure. Research shows that high blood pressure is a contributing factor to major health conditions including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health concerns. Research also shows that 45.9% of those with high blood pressure are not controlled, that’s 36.7 million people! In 2015, [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|Categories: Greater Washington Region, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia|0 Comments

Celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week

National CPR and AED Awareness Week – June 1– 7, 2018 – aims to raise awareness and increase the number of people who perform CPR in cardiac arrest emergencies. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Only about 46 percent of people who experience [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Categories: CPR, Greater Washington Region, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia|0 Comments

Advance Auto Parts joins area companies to raise life-saving funds

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has enlisted the support of corporations in raising funds for the cause. When consumers visit Advance Auto Parts from May 16 – June 16, they will have the opportunity to give to the American Heart Association via the Life Is Why We Give™ [...]

By |May 24th, 2018|Categories: Greater Washington Region, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia|0 Comments

Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Summit – Call For 2019 Presenters

The Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit is a week-long event that includes educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac Arrest, Atrial Fibrillation, and Stroke. In addition, the Summit provides day and evening events to network and celebrate achievements with peers from across the region, featuring an EMS Recognition Luncheon and a Quality & Systems Improvement [...]

Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Hosts Quality Heart and Stroke Summit

The American Heart Association - Mid-Atlantic Affiliate hosted the 2nd Annual Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC, April 23 - 27, bringing together healthcare professionals from across the region to learn from top-quality care heart and stroke experts. Online presentation slides and photos are available for viewing. Applications to present at the 2019 MAA Heart and Stroke Summit are [...]