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    • Katherine and Dirk Pieper Named Co-Chairs of the Upstate Heart Ball
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce that Katherine and Dirk Pieper will serve as co-chairs of the 2020 Upstate Heart Ball. The 2020 event marks the 20th anniversary of the Upstate gala and will take place on March 14 at the Greenville Convention Center. “Katherine and I are honored to chair this prestigious event,” said Dirk […]
    • Julie Goodnight’s 10 Steps to Get Trail-Ready For the AHA Beach Ride
      It’s difficult to ride regularly during the busy work week, but it’s important to avoid riding your horse hard only on the weekends. This can lead to a sore, stiff horse. It’s much better to find a conditioning routine that fits your schedule and gets your horse in shape. Horses, like people, must train to build strength and endurance. Assuming your […]
    • Charleston American Heart Association Recognizes Local Hospitals and EMS for Quality Care
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is recognizing several Charleston healthcare systems that have used our programs to improve quality of care for heart disease and stroke patients. These 2019 Get With the Guidelines awards recognize their commitment to ensuring appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, […]
    • Blackbaud’s Tony Boor Named Chair of the 2020 Charleston Heart Ball
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce Tony Boor of Blackbaud will chair the 23rd Annual Charleston Heart Ball. The Heart Ball will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020, at the Gaillard Center. In his role as chair, Boor will work with local leaders to support the Charleston Heart Ball and expand the AHA’s mission. Boor is the Chief […]
    • Upstate Students Learn about Stroke
      On May 17, the American Stroke Association and the USC School of Medicine Greenville combined forces to teach over 150 middle schoolers at Hughes Academy the signs, symptoms and ways to prevent stroke.   This marks the fourth year that the ASA and the USC School of Medicine Greenville have implemented the program with the ultimate goal of improving […]
    • 4H Club Kids Ride With Heart: Meet Savannah
      The American Heart Association is calling all kids across the country to Ride with Heart during the month of June! We are excited to invite saddle clubs and equine enthusiasts to support the AHA’s mission to end heart disease by Riding with Heart. This is a fun and exciting platform where your club members can learn what they can do to take care of […]
    • 4H Club Kids Ride With Heart: Meet Faith
      The American Heart Association is calling all kids across the country to Ride with Heart during the month of June! We are excited to invite saddle clubs and equine enthusiasts to support the AHA’s mission to end heart disease by Riding with Heart. This is a fun and exciting platform where your club members can learn what they can do to take care of […]
    • Healthy Human Supports the American Heart Association through Mother’s Day Campaign
      Healthy Human is joining in the fight against heart disease and stroke alongside the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke. Healthy Human and other companies across the country are participating in the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign, […]
    • CycleNation™ Pedals into the Upstate
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is pleased to announce that they are bringing CycleNation™ to the Upstate.  The event is scheduled for June 22 at CycleBar Greenville and is chaired by Leslie Haas with Haas Social.  “When I learned that CycleNation was coming to Greenville, I jumped at the opportunity to lead the event” said […]
    • Charleston, SC Heart Survivor Graces Cover of Skirt Magazine
      Charleston, SC Heart survivor, Katie Hinson, is sharing her story in a big way in the Charleston community. She is featured on the cover of the April issue of Skirt Magazine! Katie Hinson’s story is one of survival, compassion and the healing power of creativity. At 5 years old, the Charleston native underwent open heart surgery to treat a congenital […]
    • Clemson Partners for CPR in Schools Program
      The American Heart Association announced today that Clemson University is the first university in the state of South Carolina to provide CPR in Schools training. The program launched its first student group training in January and plans to expand to trainees from a variety of groups. Each CPR in Schools kit includes 10 manikins, an AED trainer device, […]
    • Where you live in the Upstate can determine how long you live
      According to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, people living just a few blocks away can have vastly different life expectancies. In one Upstate neighborhood, residents are expected to live 16 years less than another community just 5 miles away. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an incredible online tool that allows us to compare […]
    • American Heart Association to Celebrate First Hard Hats with Heart Event in Charleston
      The American Heart Association is teaming up with Seamon Whiteside to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in the construction industry. They will be hosting an event called “Hard Hats with Heart,” which is a brand-new construction industry event bringing together general contractors, subcontractors, health care and business executives to […]
    • 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 […]
    • Musical raises $134,000 for American Heart Association
      On February 20, crowds gathered at The Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina – Aiken for the opening night of “Mystery on Heart Island,” the Aiken Women’s Heart Board’s annual Winter Heart Benefit. A musical with a cast and crew of Aiken, South Carolina locals, “Mystery on Heart Island,” is the story of a classic who-done-it. Couples […]
    • Wells Fargo Raises Awareness Around Congenital Heart Defects in the Lowcountry
      The American Heart Association and Wells Fargo teamed up to raise awareness about congenital heart defects in the lowcountry. Wells Fargo’s Dita Brown and Kate Marty Caperton, the chairwomen of the Go Red for Women Campaign in Charleston, led the charge in the AHA’s Little Hats Big Hearts program. This program dons newborns with knitted red […]
    • 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 […]
    • Southern Coast Heart Ball Reaches New Heights
      The 22nd annual Southern Coast Heart Ball raised a record-breaking $290,000 at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, making the community one step closer to fighting heart disease and stroke. This year’s theme was “The heart of it all,” which honored our local heroes from our first responders and survivors to caretakers and volunteers. Our Southern Coast […]
    • Upstate Women Take a Stand
      On Friday, February 1, 2019, the American Heart Association will celebrate National Wear Red Day in recognition of the fight against cardiovascular diseases. It may seem simple. It’s as easy as grabbing the red shirt or skirt out of your closet instead of the black one. However, the impact this day has is huge. By wearing red, you are showing […]
    • Charleston Donors come together to support Cor Vitae and the Heart Ball
      The Cor Vitae Society – Latin for heart of life – is the annual philanthropic giving society of the American Heart Association. On, December 18, the Charleston Heart Ball Open Your Heart Chairs and Champions Circle Cor Vitae Society Members, Tony and Rebecca Sue Boor hosted a reception in their home.  Over 40 guests attended and heard researcher, Dr. […]
    • Healing Stroke Patients and Caregivers Through Art
      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 […]
    • 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    […]
    • DABO NAMED 2018 PAUL “BEAR” BRYANT COACH OF THE YEAR
      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 […]
    • Over 1200 Horses and Riders Gallop for Heart in Myrtle Beach
      Every Fall, 1,200+ horseback riders from across the country take to the beaches of Myrtle Beach, SC for the 5 day, 4 night American Heart Association Beach Ride. Entering it’s 38th year, the event raises over $350,000 per year for the AHA. Patron Circle member of the Cor Vitae Society and rider, Paul Riefenberg is dedicated to the cause due to a long […]
    • Tips to keep blood pressure in check this holiday season
      Let’s be honest. Holidays can be stressful.  Schedules are hectic, we’re scrambling for last minute gifts and it’s the season of stuffy noses and financial woes. All of these stressors can negatively impact our health and for those with hypertension, stress can cause a fluctuation in blood pressure. The good news? We’ve teamed up with Bon Secours St. […]
    • Hundreds of S.C. Clinics Recognized for Efforts Aimed at Reducing High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
      Columbia, SC– Healthcare leaders from South Carolina gathered in Columbia and recognized 150 clinics from across the state for their commitment to the Target BP and Check Change Control Initiatives, encouraged others to participate, and discussed how to sustain efforts to reduce heart attacks and strokes over time. The event took place at the River […]
    • Healthy Holiday Travel Tips
      Whether you’re traveling to see family or spending a week in the Caribbean, maintaining healthy habits can be difficult when you’re away from home. The American Heart Association and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System have worked together to bring you quick tips to keep you on track this holiday season. Move More Staying active while traveling can […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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, […]
    • American Heart Association Celebrates 37th Annual Beach Ride
      Charleston, SC – This year the American Heart Association celebrated their 37th annual Beach Ride where more than 1,100 horses and riders arrived at Lakewood Camping resort in Myrtle Beach from over 22 states for our 5-day event where they rode to raise awareness, honor loved ones and survivors, and celebrate funds raised to fight heart disease […]
    • 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 […]
    • Community Celebrates a Life Saved by Teaching Hands-Only CPR
      Midlands, SC – On October 10, Josh Boyd was playing a pick-up game of basketball with a couple of friends and two members of the Columbia Fire Department.   As an athletic senior at Richland Northeast High School and Quarterback of the football team, no one would have imagined what would happen during the game. After missing a shot and running […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Two walkers in the Upstate Heart WalkAre You Fit Enough For Heart Walk?
      Whether it’s prepping for the Upstate Heart Walk on April 13 or getting ready to tackle your first 5k race, there are many ways you can train your body to take on that next challenge.  The good news?  The Upstate offers a variety of free programs and resources to get you ready, like these from our Upstate Life is Why Sponsor, Bon Secours St. Francis […]
    • Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Lowcountry Heart Walk
      Charleston, SC – The Charleston team is gearing up for the 25th anniversary of the Lowcountry Heart Walk on September 29th at Riverfront Park. This event is a celebration of funds raised throughout the year to fight heart disease and stroke, fund critical lifesaving research, continue CPR trainings and education initiatives, and build a healthier […]
    • Limiting Screen Time to Keep Kids Healthy
      Greenville, SC – The Upstate Team in Greenville, South Carolina made the front page of The Greenville News!  The paper featured a recent AHA study on screen time limits for children that highlighted two local families to share this vital study.  Read the full article here. […]
    • 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. […]
    • 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 […]
    • Little Hats, Big Hearts in South Carolina
        Little Hats, Big Hearts made a splash this February with babies in 29 hospitals across the state going red. The American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation teamed up to spread the message of congenital heart defects (CHD), the most common type of birth defect in the country.   With the help of 250 South Carolina knitters and […]
    • South Carolina Wear Red Day Highlights
      On Friday, February 2, South Carolina went red in celebration of National Wear Red Day and the Go Red for Women Movement. Television anchors wore red, local businesses and landmarks went red, and social media sites exploded with posts supporting the fight against the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease. Here is a snapshot of support across the state: […]
    • Five Midlands, SC Women to Represent Local Go Red Campaign
      On Wednesday, January 24, the Midlands AHA hosted their annual Go Red For Women Casting Call. Five ladies were selected to serve as faces for this year’s campaign and will share their passion for the cause throughout the year.  Congratulations to, Amy Speaks, Iman Renai Davis, Go Red Chairwoman Punam Patel, Shaleita Minor, Latasha Hunter, and […]
    • South Carolina Lobby Day Highlights
      On February 21, advocates from across the state gathered in Columbia for our annual South Carolina Lobby Day.  The day was an overwhelming success with 29 advocates in attendance, a total of 385 face to face meetings with lawmakers, and 106 informational drop-offs to legislators that did not have a constituent with us that day.  Our two main asks for […]
    • AHA works with food banks in GA and SC to create healthy plates program
      The CSRA team is working with Golden Harvest to create a healthy plates program that will benefit local residents. Golden Harvest covers and assists food banks throughout GA and SC.  With the help of dietitians, we are educating recipients and food banks on healthier options.  As the program continues to develop, we look forward to sharing the success […]
    • Over 100 clinics in South Carolina recognized for high blood pressure program
      On December 6, leaders from across South Carolina gathered in Charleston and recognized more than 100 clinics from across the state for their commitment to the Target: BP Initiative Program.  Launched in 2017, the Target: BP Recognition Program is an extension of Target: BP™ – a national initiative between the American Heart Association and […]
    • SC Board Members Educate Communities Across the Mid-Atlantic Region
      This February,  Dr. Yallapragada, incoming board president of the Midlands, and Dr. Brent Eagan, incoming board president of the Upstate, shared their knowledge of stroke and blood pressure by presenting to local communities in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Dr. Eagan traveled to Baltimore, MD to present to area Federally Qualified Health Centers about […]
    • Upstate, SC features Nutrition Month Video Series
      In celebration of Nutrition Month, the AHA along with Upstate Life is Why Sponsor, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, will be launching a series of nutrition videos to help educate the community on how easy it is to eat healthy at home.  The videos will be featured on the Upstate AHA Facebook page, the SC Twitter page, and various Bon Secours St. […]
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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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Southern Coast Heart Project
      In November, the Southern Coast Heart Ball completed their fourth annual Heart Project at the Boys and Girls Club in Jasper County. The AHA collaborated with the Health Promotions students from USC Beaufort and their signature sponsor Audi Hilton Head. They taught the kids about the importance of daily exercise and how to make heart-healthy food […]
    • RSVP for State Lobby Day
      We are excited to announce that our third annual South Carolina State Lobby Day will be on Wednesday, February 21 at 8:00 AM with breakfast and training at the Capital City Club before heading over to the Statehouse for meetings. Please plan to be with us for the entire day. It may not be necessary to stay past mid-afternoon, but legislative schedules […]
    • Upstate Chefs Promote Heart-Healthy Eating
      On November 8, four of Spartanburg’s leading chefs competed in the annual American Heart Association Spartanburg Chef Challenge.  The event, which was locally sponsored by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, attracted over 200 guests from the Upstate region. Guests had the opportunity to taste heart-healthy dishes prepared by each chef […]
    • Over 2,000 Midlands Residents Trained in Hands-Only CPR
      This fall, the Midlands team hosted a series of Hands-Only CPR trainings that led to over 2,000 individuals learning this life-saving skill.  Trainings took place at Soda City, the South Carolina State Fair, the City of Columbia Fire Department and at several local companies across the region.  In addition, a locally produced CPR video was played […]
    • South Carolina Celebrates Eat Smart Month
      Seasonal sweet treats and multi-course meals tempt even the most dedicated healthy eaters during the holidays. That’s why the American Heart Association designated November as Eat Smart Month. Kicking off with Eat Smart Day on Nov. 1, the month-long campaign is part of the Association’s new Healthy For Good movement and communities across South […]
    • Local Survivors to Represent Go Red for Women Across South Carolina
      This October, the Charleston and Upstate markets hosted casting calls to find local women to serve as ambassadors for the 2018 Go Red For Women Campaign. We are very excited to announce that the following 17 women have been selected to represent their local market. Charleston Market Terri Hix, 53, Cardiac Arrest Nicolette Johnson, 53, CHD Survivor […]
    • 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 […]
    • 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 […]
    • Upstate, SC Nutrition Month Video Series
      Throughout the month of March, the AHA and Life is Why sponsor, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, teamed up to host a series of heart-healthy video recipes.  These videos were launched on multiple social platforms and reached over 10,000 Upstate residents.  Recipes included Guacamole Deviled Eggs, Mango, Avocado and Bean Salad, Frozen Yogurt Bark, […]
    • Pick Your Park in the Lowcountry
      To celebrate National Walking Day, Charleston launched a “Pick Your Park” social media campaign. The campaign featured four local parks which were designed by local sponsor, Seamon Whiteside.  Community members were encouraged to post a picture by tagging the Lowcountry facebook page and using the hashtag #pickyourpark. It was a great way to engage the […]
    • 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 […]
    • 2017 Go Red Real Women from MAA
      We are happy to announce that two of the eleven national Go Red For Women 2016 Class of Real Women are from the MAA. Chicarra Jones (37) from Columbia, SC has from high bloodpressure and cholesterol as well as a family history of heart disease and Evelyn McMahon (70) from Raleigh, NC is one of three stroke survivors chosen from across the country for […]
    • South Carolina to require students to learn CPR
      We’re excited to share some big wins for the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate this month! Last Thursday, South Carolina advocates and staff celebrated as Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation requiring CPR training as part of the high school health education curriculum, making South Carolina the 30th state to do so. The law will be known as Ronald […]
    • 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 always […]
    • When your career, friends, family comes before health
      Anyone who knows Jane is likely to describe her as a woman of resolve. A long-time corporate executive, she turned her energy to consulting for businesses in Charleston and advocating for women’s power. Jane is the sort of person others turn to when it’s time to “get things done.” Frankly, her story is familiar to many women. Busy with career, friends, […]
    • The cost of always putting yourself last
      Ask Kim how she became a Go Red ambassador, and you’ll be shocked to learn her credential was a stroke. The slim, poised blond betrays little of the stroke that rocked her world in 2014. Her journey began on an April night, when after only 90 minutes of sleep, Kim was awake and restless. Frustrated at her inability to doze off, she headed downstairs to […]
    • When your high-energy lifestyle comes crashing to a halt one morning by a stroke
      We’ve all met women like Barbara. She’s the individual who never met a stranger. When she walks toward you, arm outstretched, you wonder if the appropriate response is a handshake. Or a hug. Those are probably the traits that made her such a force to be reckoned with in her role as a high school educator, a motivational speaker, and an advocate for […]
    • Jenny’s dramatic cardiac arrest story is the stuff of nightmares
      Driving in Atlanta last May, she went into sudden cardiac arrest. The notion of losing complete control on an open road is horrifying enough. But considering her young age – 42 – it’s that much more shocking. Also surprising is the notion that Jenny doesn’t remember a thing about the entire day. Not the emails she’d sent for work that morning, the […]
    • Struggling siblings are in need, yet they help others instead
      We are having an AMAZING year with our Youth Market campaign, because of stories like this one. Brother and sister Alex and Anastasia, students at AJ Wittenberg School in Greenville, SC, wanted to give back to the AHA because of a family member with heart disease. They set up a table at a local park, gave out information about heart disease and asked […]