• Working to end LGBTQ health disparities in the Commonwealth of Virginia
      Black Pride RVA was held the weekend of July 18th-21st. The goal for the weekend of events was to educate, embrace and celebrate the unique lived experiences of the black LGBTQ community of greater Richmond, Virginia and across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The AHA is increasing our outreach and engagement with the LGBTQ community to support improving […]
    • Thermometer Sun Sky 40 Degres. Hot summer day. High Summer temperatures in degrees Celsius and Farenheit.Protect your heart in the heat
      With a heat advisory in place over Central Virginia this week, the American Heart Association urges you to take precautions to protect your heart.  With temperatures forecast in the upper 90s, and heat index even higher, it’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart. As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health […]
    • Complete Streets Funding in City of Richmond Promotes Safety and Health
      The City of Richmond in Virginia allocated $15 million in their budget to make transportation in the city safer for pedestrians and bicyclists through implementing Complete Streets policies.  “Complete Streets” is a term describing a community that has safe and convenient travel for everyone and for all modes of transportation. Complete streets have […]
    • Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon helps local women and families build healthy lives
      The American Heart Association and F&S Building Innovations encouraged Roanoke Go Red for Women Luncheon guests to support the health and well-being of individuals served by the Bedford Pregnancy Center and Street Ransom by donating personal care items. The two local charities and the American Heart Association share a common goal of helping […]
    • Inaugural CycleNation Event in Richmond, VA Raises Funds and Awareness
      The energy and spirits were high at the inaugural Richmond CycleNation event on May 30th.  CycleNation empowers participants to use bikes to get brain and heart-healthy – all while raising funds for community programs that will prevent stroke and heart disease. Co-workers, friends and family rang cow bells and cheered on teams at this relay style […]
    • Playground Refresh Creates Healthy Environment for At-Risk Youth in Richmond, VA
      The American Heart Association in Richmond recently teamed up with Bank of America and United Way to restore old and install new playground equipment in Mosby Court, one of four public housing communities in Richmond’s East End.  The project also includes the installation of an early learning path.  New playground equipment and the early learning path […]
    • Stroke Event Raises Awareness Among High Risk Community in Richmond, VA
      Over 600 Richmonders were informed and entertained at the 6th annual Power to End Stroke® Jazz Night held on May 23rd at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Guests attended a variety of workshops on topics like medication management, healthy cooking and managing risk factors. They even experienced what it felt like to have a stroke […]
    • American Heart Association Partners with New Grocery Store in Richmond Food Desert
      Filling a void for a full-service grocery in Richmond’s East End, the highly anticipated The Market @ 25th opened its doors to happy customers on April 29th. The Market @ 25th will increase access to fresh, healthy foods while also serving as a community hub for area residents.  The store also houses Hope Pharmacy, a locally owned and operated […]
    • Public blood pressure kiosk at Hampton Roads Community Health Center makes monitoring blood pressure simple and accessible for Portsmouth area residents
      The American Heart Association recently installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth located at 664 Lincoln Street. The center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8am – 5pm and Wednesday from 8am – 7pm.  New blood pressure guidelines were […]
    • American Heart Association, Planet Fitness roll out donation to Boys and Girls Club in Virginia Beach
      Participation in sports promotes physical activity, builds self-esteem, improves social skills and motivates children to excel academically. To encourage Virginia Beach youth to be active and play sports, the American Heart Association and local Heart and Stroke Ball sponsor, Planet Fitness, collected more than 70 athletic balls that will be donated to […]
    • Chef Partners in Richmond, VA Unite to Bring Healthy Cooking Classes to the Community
      On Friday, March 22, 2019 the American Heart Association (AHA) in Richmond, VA brought together several partners with a passion for cooking to achieve a common goal:  to empower others to live healthier by learning how to cook nutritious, yet budget-friendly, meals at home. Representatives from five local organizations were trained as “chef partners” […]
    • Richmond’s Top Chefs Compete in Annual Chef’s Challenge
      Richmond, VA – (March 19, 2019) – Spring is almost here which means the 27th Annual Richmond Heart Ball is right around the corner. As we look forward to the big day, we are excited to celebrate healthy eating as a part of National Nutrition Month by challenging Richmond’s top chefs to create heart healthy hors d’oeuvres and desserts as a part of the […]
    • Hampton Road’s first American Heart Association blood pressure kiosk unveiled at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center in Portsmouth
      The American Heart Association installed a new blood pressure monitoring kiosk at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center (HRCHC) in Portsmouth. American Heart Association, community leaders and HRCHC staff were on hand at the Hampton Roads Community Health Center for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The newly installed public blood pressure kiosk will […]
    • A New Heart for Baby Tessa
      We met Baby Tessa and her family at our Baltimore Heart Ball on Saturday February 23, 2019. Tessa was born on February 5, 2018 with multiple heart defects: LTGA, VSD, ASD, Pulmonary Atresia, Aortic Stenosis and a Hypoplastic Right Coronary Artery. She has spent most of her life in the hospital. She was listed as Status 1A on the heart transplant list […]
    • Postpartum Cardiomyopathy Survivor Reflects on her 22 year-long Journey
      In March of 1997, Beth Williamson Ayers gave birth to her son, Owen. Healthy and happy after a smooth pregnancy and delivery, Beth returned home with her son and visiting family members. Five days later, however, while spending time with her sister, Beth began experiencing shortness of breath. Immediately, her sister called Beth’s OB-GYN to explain the […]
    • Five HBCUs Advance in the American Heart Association Urban Health Accelerator-HBCU Healthy Communities Challenge
      Community environments play an important role in health outcomes. People living just 5 miles apart can in some cases have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years due to factors such as economic stability, education, societal influences and health care.  Through the American Heart Association’s 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health […]
    • Virginia Beach City Schools Superintendent and young son promote healthy lifestyle through Kid’s Heart Challenge
      As superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Dr. Aaron Spence oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 69,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. As a Hampton Roads, Virginia American Heart Association Board Member, he jumped at the chance to help promote Kid’s Heart […]
    • Kroger Supports American Heart Association 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Coach Frank Beamer and Teen Athlete from Virginia to be Honored at Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards Ceremony
      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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Local Health Systems in Richmond, VA Earn National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure
      The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) recognized Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, VCU Health System and Central Virginia Health Services as leaders in their national initiative, called Target: BP,  to get people’s blood pressure under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes […]
    • 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 thought that I would live to see my grandchildren […]
    • Why learning Hands-Only CPR is the best gift you can give your loved ones
      If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home and as one study reports, the holiday season is prime time for them to occur as cardiac arrest deaths are 33% higher in December and […]
    • Four key steps to reduce holiday stress
      Hampton Roads, VA – If the thought of the holiday season makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed, you are not alone!  Taking care of yourself so that you will live longer for the people you’re spending the holidays with is so very important. That is why we’ve teamed up with local Eat Smart Month sponsor, Bon Secours, to inspire you to […]
    • How to celebrate the holidays with no regrets!
      Hampton Roads, VA  – For those striving to live healthy, indulging in the yummy food and beverages at end-of-year parties can bring on a sense of regret. Enjoying a healthy lifestyle includes spending time with your friends and family without feeling guilty about your food intake.  Finding that balance can be a struggle, so we’ve teamed up […]
    • Local toddler selected as national ambassador for Kids Heart Challenge
      Richmond, VA – Three year old, Finn Blumenthal, will serve as a national ambassador for American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge! Since 2016, Finn and his mom, Kelly, have helped local schools raise funds for the American Heart Association. This year, the American Heart Association chose Finn to be a national ambassador for the […]
    • Urban Health Accelerator – Historically Black Colleges (HCBU) Legacy Grant Opportunity
      The Empowered To Serve Urban Health Accelerator expands the work of American Heart Association in local communities as we seek to address social issues impacting the ability of individuals to attain the healthiest life possible. The Barbara Houston Urban Health Accelerator HBCU Legacy Grants: Made possible through the support of Mr. John Houston, III, […]
    • 6 healthier options to sip on this season
      Hampton Roads, VA  – Fall and winter bring special seasonal beverages, both hot and cold. (Pumpkin spice latte, anyone?)  But these tasty liquid treats can come with extra calories, saturated fat and added sugars that you don’t need. We’ve teamed up with local Eat Smart Month sponsor, Bon Secours, to help you stay healthy and hydrated this […]
    • Mid-Atlantic’s Little Hats, Big Hearts
      Volunteers around the country are helping raise awareness of of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country by knitting and crocheting little red hats to be given out through the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. The Mid-Atlantic Affiliate […]
    • Five Ways to Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season
      Hampton Roads, VA – November is Eat Smart Month and while we promote eating healthy all year, we know the holidays can take a toll on your health if you don’t have a plan in place. We believe you can be the best YOU by eating smart, moving more and making your well-being a priority. And you don’t have to wait until the holidays are over to […]
    • target blood pressure program logoTarget: BP Highlighted Resources
      We are excited to begin highlighting resources for improving clinical care around blood pressure and cholesterol from around our networks each month.  Continue to check back for more updates and the latest news.   Action Needed: Submit Comments by 11/7 We must show the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that the medical community […]
    • Infant Born with Multiple Heart Defects Now Thriving at Age Three
      Four months pregnant with her second child, Nykia Ward walked into her doctor’s office eager to learn the sex of her baby during her appointment that day. After the joy of discovering she was carrying a girl that she would name Kaycee, the doctor presented her with some concerning information. A bright spot appeared on Kaycee’s heart during the […]
    • American Heart Association Team Member and Survivor Receives Award for Outstanding Fundraising
      Midlands, SC – On Thursday, October 18, Lizzie Smith, Executive Assistant in the Midlands AHA office, was named 2018 Outstanding Rising Star by the Association of Fundraising Professionals SC, Central Carolina Chapter. Lizzie received this award because of her lifelong passion for promoting and supporting heart health.  As a survivor of a […]
    • Healthier Breakfast Items Introduced to Richmond City Public Schools
      Richmond, VA – Food is fuel, and kids are sweet enough without added sugar. Knowing good nutrition is key to learning, the American Heart Association teamed up with Richmond City Health District, Richmond Public School Nutrition Services, Fit4Kids, the Richmond Food Justice Alliance, and other community partners to improve the school menus for […]
    • AHA Recognizes Companies in Forbes Magazine
      Imagine a healthier community for all, where heart diseases and stroke are no longer our leading killers, and every member of every community is able to achieve well-being supported by the places they live, learn, work, play, pray and heal. At the American Heart Association, we are dedicated to promoting health and well-being for all and have made it […]
    • Survivor Story – Jay Lambert
      Richmond, VA – On January 30, 2015, Jay Lambert was enjoying his Friday evening before planning on going into work the following morning. What Jay expected to be an ordinary night, however, resulted in Jay waking up three days later at a hospital. “My life was changed forever when I felt this excruciating pain in my head and within a matter of […]
    • Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer Will Receive The 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award
      Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer, the winningest collegiate coach in his NCAA division when he retired in 2015, will receive the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. Beamer will receive the award presented by Marathon Oil Corporation at the 33rd annual awards dinner Jan. 9, 2019 in Houston. Marathon […]
    • Construction industry profesionals learning Hands-Only CPR at the event,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 […]
    • Mobile Kitchen Cooking Classes to Continue in Portsmouth, VA
      Hampton Roads, Virginia – The American Heart Association Hampton Roads, VA team secured a grant to continue the success of mobile kitchen classes in Portsmouth, VA. Through partnerships with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), the program will provide a 5-week mobile kitchen class series at four […]
    • Survivor Story – Malissa Bradshaw
      While working out at the gym six years ago, I felt a pop in my head and developed a sudden and severe headache.  I had what would be the first of three strokes within a couple of weeks caused by a ruptured aneurysm.  I was only 25 years old. The second stroke caused the left side of my body to be paralyzed, and the odds of surviving without permanent […]
    • VCU Health’s Melinda Hancock to Chair Richmond Heart Walk® on October 6, 2018
      Richmond, VA –  Melinda Hancock, the Chief Financial Officer of VCU Health, will chair the American Heart Association’s 2018 Richmond Heart Walk held Saturday, October 6th at Innsbrook Pavilion.  Members of Hancock’s Executive Leadership team include: Anthony Conte, Pat Robertson, Brett Butler, Jim Litsinger, Jim Daniel, Ann Vaughters, Leigh Sewell, […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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, […]
    • 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 structures our days, binding communities, […]
    • LGBT Male CoupleCelebrating 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 […]
    • 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, […]
    • AHA CPR Week Facebook Shareable GraphicCelebrate 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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. […]
    • RVA Heart Sisters Spread Awareness About High Blood Pressure
      Eight years ago, Tina Johnson learned she had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic during a routine physical.  “I was eating fast food and drinking sodas several times a week,” said the former VCU track athlete. The doctor said, “I could put you on medication, but I’m not going to.  I’m giving you three months to get your health in order.” Johnson […]
    • Kroger Raises $93,311 for the American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, thanks Kroger Stores for their support of Life is Why We Give. After a successful campaign in its 122 stores across the Mid-Atlantic, Kroger raised $93,311 for the American Heart Association. “The American Heart […]
    • Stroke Survivor and Mom Raises Awareness this Mother’s Day
      My name is Ashley Slate McGuire, and I am 33 years old. I was born in Fairfax, Va. and grew up in Richmond. I never dreamed I would be dealing with a stroke at the age of 19. I had no idea what caused a stroke or what signs to even look for. However, I knew my grandfather (who was an Army General) had a stroke at the young age of 49. When I was 10, he […]
    • VCU Child Care Worker Recieves Heartsaver Hero Award
      On Feb. 22, 2018, Earlena Foskey, a childcare provider at VCU Health Child Care Center, administered CPR to Evie Louka, a 13-month old who became unconscious and unresponsive while in her classroom. Thanks to this heroic act, Evie is alive and doing very well. During a surprise award ceremony at the child care center, Michelle McLees from the American […]
    • 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.  […]
    • Richmond, VA Chefs Compete at Heart Ball Preview Event
      Richmond, VA – (March 15, 2018) – In preparation for Richmond’s 26th annual Heart Ball, the American Heart Association gave guests an opportunity last night to preview several auction items that will be available at the gala while sampling a variety of heart-healthy hors d’oeuvres and desserts crafted by some of Richmond’s most talented […]
    • Move More. Live More.
      This April, Healthy For Good is encouraging Americans to Move More. Live More. by being physically active. The National Walking Day celebration has been expanded to a month-long activation. It’s all part of the Healthy For Good movement, which inspires lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be […]
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      Survivor Spotlight: Pauline Meyer   In 2016, Pauline Meyer suffered cardiac arrest after her heart unexpectedly malfunctioned and stopped beating in her sleep.  “Nothing, I don’t remember anything” Pauline said.  Pauline’s husband, Travis, noticed that she was cold to the touch and immediately started performing hands-only […]
    • You and You’re the Cure. The Power Couple.
      The American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure advocacy network is a valuable tool that you can use to make a real difference in your community and state. How does it work? We connect you with opportunities to engage with your lawmakers on issues that are important to you and your health – and we are here to inform you about the […]
    • Healthcare for Virginians: It’s Personal
      How important is health insurance to you and your family? Unfortunately, nearly 400,000 Virginians live without access to affordable healthcare coverage. Many are caught in the health insurance coverage gap – they don’t qualify for Medicaid and they don’t earn enough money for subsidies in the insurance exchange established by the […]
    • 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit
      Registration is now open for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit.  The MAA Quality and Systems Improvement team will host this week-long event April 23-27, 2018 in Raleigh, NC.  The Summit will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. The […]
    • Eat Smart & Add Color in March!
      We all know it is important to eat healthy and exercise. But, it’s keeping these habits that you might find challenging. This is why we celebrate and raise awareness about nutrition in the month of March, National Nutrition Month. Recent CDC data show adults continue to consume too few fruits and vegetables. Overall, 12.2 percent met fruit intake […]
    • West Broad Village Goes Red: A Kick-Off to American Heart Month
      Richmond, VA – (February 15, 2018) – On Thursday, February 1 businesses in Shortpump’s West Broad Village came together to support the American Heart Association at the American Heart Month Kick-Off event at Gather, a local co-working space that has recently opened up in the West Broad Village shopping center. The event’s main attraction was a […]
    • Richmond Employers Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Health Practices
      Richmond, VA – (December 13, 2017) – On Wednesday, December 6, the American Heart Association (AHA) hosted the 2017 Richmond Workplace Wellness Symposium along with the University of Richmond.   Through this event the AHA provided local employers with tools and resources to help them create healthier workplaces for all. Laura Linnan, ScD, Associate […]
    • Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association 2017 Scientific Sessions were held on November 11–15 in Anaheim, California. This incredible, five-day event attracted thousands of doctors, scientists, researchers, investigators, and other healthcare professionals from around the globe who came together to discuss new science to reduce the impact of cardiovascular […]
    • 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 […]
    • Celebrating 45 Years of Cardiovascular Research at Virginia Commonwealth University
      Richmond, VA – (December 4, 2017) – On November 30, 2017, American Heart Association (AHA) donors had a unique opportunity to talk one-on-one with cardiovascular researchers at VCU’s Pauley Heart Center about their projects and how their discoveries are providing better insights into the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The VCU […]
    • Little Hats, Big Hearts Goes Viral!
      Last month, the American Heart Association’s #LittleHatsBigHearts program was trending on social media. All that buzz has led to a flurry of knitters and crocheters from across the affiliate looking to donate hats to help raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to empower moms to live heart healthy lives while encouraging their children to do […]
    • AHA Highlights Impact2020 Sponsors in Forbes’ Centennial Issue
      The Centennial Issue of Forbes Magazine, which hits stands 9.28.17, features a full-page list of sponsors that have committed to the mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Mid-Atlantic Affiliate through the year 2020.  Highlighting these sponsors in this unique way is a small token of appreciation for their generous […]
    • Calling All Knitters & Crocheters: Little Hats, Big Hearts Needs Your Help!
      #LittleHatsBigHearts is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s campaign, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to collect knitted or crocheted red baby hats. The hats will be distributed to babies born in hospitals across the country during February, which is American Heart Month. Last year, we collected over […]
    • Save the Date: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Summit
      Save the Date! The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team will be hosting the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC and are now accepting oral presenter submissions. The conference will be held during the week of April 23-27, 2018 and will include educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Cardiac […]
    • Hospitals Recognized in US News & World Report
      The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is honored to recognize a record number of hospitals in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals. The awarded hospitals have exhibited unfaltering commitment to following guidelines shown to improve patient outcomes. See the nationwide […]
    • Federal Lobby Day
      On June 26-27, more than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states trekked to Washington, D.C. as part of the biennial You’re the Cure on the Hill to advocate for the protection of health care coverage, federal research support, and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Heart disease and […]
    • Patient Support Network is Here to Help
      Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be scary, but connecting with others going through similar journeys can help. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers a wide range of resources, materials and interactive tools to help you manage your condition and improve your cardiovascular health. The Support […]
    • Columbia, SC Survivor Spotlight – Bob Coble
      On April 15, 2015 former Mayor of Columbia, Bob Coble, collapsed at the South Carolina State House.  He didn’t know it at the time, but he was having a heart attack- the widowmaker. Bystanders were quick to respond, started CPR, and accessed the AED. After 6 bypass surgeries, he is now an active volunteer for the American Heart Association and even […]
    • Mid-Atlantic Heart and Stroke Quality Summit
      The Mid-Atlantic Quality Team hosted the Inaugural Heart & Stroke Quality Summit in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 24-28, 2017. Over 450 healthcare professionals participated in the week-long event that included educational opportunities in the areas of Heart Failure, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Atrial Fibrillation, Resuscitation and Stroke. In […]
    • Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, Available at No Cost for 2017
      The American Heart Association is extending the offer to participate in Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB, the newest addition to the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs, at no cost for 2017. AHA will cover the hospital’s participation fee for the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Patient Management Tool (including the […]
    • WTKR Anchors Check Blood Pressure on Facebook Live
      WTKR anchors and reporters got their blood pressure checked by Optima Health while sharing via Facebook Live. Anchor and AHA volunteer, Jessica Larche, kicked off the screenings talking about her health journey. Jessica reduced her high blood pressure through exercise and diet, losing over 100 lbs! […]
    • Hampton Roads Call 911 Stroke Campaign Raises Awareness
      As part of a year-long campaign to raise awareness about the importance of calling 911 at the first signs of a stroke, the AHA put together a photoshoot featuring local stroke survivors, including two military veterans. With those photos, we created billboards, print ads, and social media posts. For American Stroke Month we put up four billboards in […]
    • Survivor Spotlight: Myles
      Meet Myles, a smiley one-year-old from Harrisonburg, who survived a heart attack caused by Kawasaki Disease. Myles’ video debuted at the Charlottesville Heart Ball on April 1. Though relatively common, the illness is very hard to diagnose and is characterized by several symptoms including: fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, irritation […]
    • Moving to a new state to break the cycle of heart failure
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    • When your high-energy lifestyle comes crashing to a halt one morning by a stroke
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    • Jenny’s dramatic cardiac arrest story is the stuff of nightmares
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    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest: The Young Man’s Heartstopper
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