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. 


Custom Ink Supports the American Heart Association in Life is Why We Give Campaign

Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or a heart attack. Less than one third of high school students get the recommended amount of daily physical activity and 30 million people in the United States have no easy access to healthy food . The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, is on a mission to improve these statistics, and has teamed up with more than 70 companies around the country to do so through the Life Is Why We Give™ fundraising campaign. During American Heart Month this February, when consumers [...]

February 15th, 2019|Greater Washington Region, Virginia|

MAA Cor Vitae Celebrates Heart Month at the Red Dress Collection

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women®  hosted the iconic annual Red Dress Collection® fashion show on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The Red Dress Collection is an exclusive Pictured left to right – Sharon Bean (Patron Circle), Kathryn Kissam (Patron Circle), Sandra Holub (Patron Circle), Elizabeth Cohen (President’s Circle), Angie Colovas, Stacey Richardson, Mary Lamach (Pulse Circle), Linda Vickers (President’s Circle), Jeremy Beauchamp (Champion’s Circle). These were all the attendees at the RDC from the MAA. event where fashion, entertainment and philanthropy collide with the singular purpose of shining a light on women’s [...]

February 12th, 2019|Cor Vitae, Go Red For Women|

Wake County Commissioners Celebrate Heart Month

American Heart Association volunteer, Tiffany Gholston, promoted American Heart Month at the Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting. Gholston is a heart disease survivor, Triangle Board member and You’re the Cure advocate. Gholston spoke to Wake County Commissioners on February 4th to celebrate the strong partnership between the American Heart Association and the County, and to recognize February as American Heart Month. This speech educated the County Commissioners and the public about the Go Red for Women campaign and spread awareness about heart disease as the biggest health threat to women. Commissioner Sig Hutchison, longtime supporter of AHA’s policy efforts, [...]

February 12th, 2019|North Carolina, triangle, Uncategorized|

Local Hampton Roads Businesses “Go Red” to Bring Awareness to Women’s Heart Health

Stores, restaurants and businesses across Hampton Roads are joining organizations and companies across the nation in the effort to “Go Red” to highlight heart disease symptoms and prevention methods for women this February during American Heart Month. Sherwin-Williams generously donated red paint and brushes to the American Heart Association in Hampton Roads and will allow red dresses to be painted at 25 of their locations. Volunteers for the American Heart Association, many of whom are women heart disease and stroke survivors, will be painting red dresses on windows across the area in February in an effort to raise awareness that [...]

February 11th, 2019|Go Red For Women, Hampton Roads, Virginia|

Local Mom Raises Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects

February 7 – February 14 is recognized annually as CHD Awareness Week. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defects, nearly 40,000 babies are born each year in the U.S. with a CHD. Carter Bley was 1:100 babies born with a congenital heart defect. Carter was born with transposition of the great arteries with a ventricular septal defect and coarctation of the aorta, Dr. Vricella, his cardiac surgeon explained it this way: Carter’s heart was upside down, backwards, on the right side of his body instead of the left and the great arteries were switched. Kim was 16 weeks [...]

February 8th, 2019|Congenital Heart Defects, Maryland, Survivor Stories|

CarolinaEast Medical Center first to receive Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation in North Carolina

CarolinaEast Medical Center of New Bern, is the first hospital in North Carolina to receive the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation. The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation is awarded from the American Heart Association. It recognizes hospitals committed to following proven treatment guidelines incorporated into a comprehensive system of care to fully address the care needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions. Formally accredited centers must commit to building a systems of care approach in offering a broad scope of cardiovascular care services that range from prevention strategies to full continuity of care through rehabilitation and recovery after a cardiac [...]

February 8th, 2019|easternnorthcarolina, Quality Improvement|

Hampton Roads Employers Learn Strategies to Create Culture of Health in the Workplace

Hampton Roads, VA - Sentara Healthcare and World Financial Group sponsored the first Hampton Roads Wellness Symposium on January 30th at Hilton Norfolk, The Main. Close to 100 human resource professionals from companies across the region listened to informative breakout sessions, an inspiring keynote speaker and received valuable resources about the benefits of AHA's free Workplace Health Achievement Index. With a panel of local Workplace Health Achievement Index winners, the audience got to hear first-hand how easy it is to create a culture of health in their places of employment using AHA’s tools. Many local companies shared their interested in [...]

February 8th, 2019|Community Health, Events, Hampton Roads, Virginia|

Charleston American Heart Association Office Announces New Executive Director

The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce that Katie Schumacher will be the Charleston office’s Executive Director. Schumacher will focus on overseeing and managing AHA fundraisers, working with our board and Executive Leadership teams, and actively engaging with community members to reduce health disparities in the Charleston tri-county area. “I’m so excited to be part of this amazing organization as we work to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. I understand that not only the incredible impact the Association has on this community, but also the outstanding support this community provides to its [...]

February 7th, 2019|charleston, MAA Staff, South Carolina|