University of Utah will receive $3.7M for children’s heart health

The University of Utah will receive $3.7 million in research funding over four years as part of a new AHA children’s research network announced last week. The network will focus on improving children’s heart health, investing almost $15 million in work at four institutions. The Utah study aims to prevent or predict congenital heart disease and improve decision-making between parents [...]

Guest Blogger Mehak Agarwal: My path to volunteering

Mehak Agarwal is a volunteer from Santa Maria, California. She is taking a break from her studies to do intensive physical therapy after receiving her pacemaker and is currently working at Dignity Health’s Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. Mehak is using her own heart experience to raise awareness regarding heart disease in young people. March 3, 2015, marked the [...]

Guest Blogger — Kelly Leeper

Kelly Leeper is a survivor and volunteer with the American Heart Association. He has used his platform as a survivor to raise funds and awareness for our mission. I was born on May 21, 1984 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). It wasn’t until I was three days old that my mom sensed something was wrong with me and took [...]

Another look at the International Stroke Conference and research

He’s back… Guest Blogger Mike Castillo shares some final thoughts on the International Stroke Conference and research. The last stop I made was to talk to Eunji Yim, a second-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati, who was looking to see if specific medications for Alzheimer’s disease would have any impact on the risk for stroke, which led to [...]

Record-Breaking Run

The Alaska Heart Run signals the start of spring in the Anchorage – this was our 37th annual event kicking off the running season. It set a record by raising over $282,000. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took to the streets celebrating healthy lifestyle choices. The Mended Hearts survivors’ group started the untimed 5-k race and served [...]

New Apple App May Revolutionize Research Studies

There is a transformation coming in the way research studies find participants – thanks to Apple’s new app called ResearchKit. I recently attended the launch, and got really excited seeing its possibilities! Apple worked with researchers across the world to develop the new application that will find study participants more easily. And it’s working. In just one day – ResearchKit [...]

Thank You!

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I would like to say thank you. The talent of the volunteers and staff who support this affiliate is remarkable. I am honored to be a part of this 10-state team. There are countless families who will give a silent word of thanks as they sit down at the table this weekend [...]

Boot Camp pays off in many ways

Thanks to great collaboration by our dynamic Quality and Systems Improvement team, Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp was a huge success in San Francisco last week. Some 158 medical professionals enlisted representing all 10 of our Western States. John Maa, M.D., Chair, University of California, Office of the President Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, inspired attendees with his opening remarks and [...]

Research Reception is a Greater Bay Area Win

I had the honor and privilege of attending the Greater Bay Area Research Reception this week. Ron Krauss, MD, the 2014 Award of Meritorious Achievement recipient provided a wonderful opening lecture on cholesterol. It was engaged to learn how research has influenced trends in prevention and treatment over the years. I was also inspired by stroke survivor and AHA Silicon Valley Board [...]