WSA advocates travel to Washington D.C.

The final week in June brought more than 300 American Heart Association volunteer advocates from across the country descended on Washington DC for our Heart on the Hill federal lobby day, aimed at “lifting the burden of heart disease and stroke.” More than two dozen survivors, researchers, caregivers, physicians and staff from the Western State Affiliate attended, sharing their personal stories of the [...]

Seattle Seahawk lends voice to stroke awareness

What a way to close out Stroke Month! Seattle Seahawk Bobby Wagner gave an interview to KOMO TV about his mother’s stroke and how it has affected his family. A short feature ran on KOMO News last week, with a longer segment on TV newsmagazine Seattle Refined. Bobby also cut a stroke PSA educating viewers about F.A.S.T, which will air [...]

Hawaii works FAST on stroke!

The Hawaii Division collaborated with the Hawaii Department of Health and The Queen’s Medical Center to design, print and place F-A-S-T stroke awareness signs on public buses on the island of Oahu (which includes the major city of Honolulu). The duration of pro-bono placement of signs on buses is usually limited to one month per year. The owner of the company [...]

Moving the prevention needle in Montana

The International Heart Institute of Montana (IHI) has been a presenting sponsor for Go Red For Women in Missoula, Montana, for the past four years. In 2017, they will be moving beyond the event experience to generate a larger community impact. IHI is partnering with the American Heart Association Missoula to champion the mission of Go Red For Women for the next three years, as [...]

Guest Blogger Lilian Tsi: Take time for you!

The day I had my stroke was like any other Saturday morning. I woke up feeling tired and exhausted. I love my family with all my heart, but being a full-time sales rep and mother of two, I am busy! On that particular morning, I felt something else -- my leg felt like it was on pins and needles. I [...]

University of Utah Health Care champions stroke awareness

Since January 2015, University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has partnered with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association on our Together to End Stroke initiatives. UUHC understands that change starts with us, so we began our campaign on campus: Placing table toppers in the hospital cafeteria that list the signs of stroke and placing volunteers at tables near the cafeteria [...]

My ISC experience – from the eyes of a first-time attendee. Guest Blogger – Michael Castillo

The following guest post is from Michael Castillo, Communications & Marketing Director based in our Sacramento office and the Communications Research Lead for the Western States Affiliate. Mike traveled to Los Angeles last month for the 2016 International Stroke Conference. Check back over the next few weeks to view additional researchers discuss their work. Guest Blogger – Michael Castillo The [...]

A beautiful “Union of Hearts”

On New Year’s Day, more than 700,000 people watched the Tournament of Roses Parade make its way down on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California. The “Union of Hearts” float, which celebrated Union Bank’s 30 years of steadfast support for the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke had its own multitude of supporters working behind the [...]

Stroke of Luck for Larry

We are constantly inspired by remarkable survivors with whom we cross paths. Meet Larry and Teri Bobko whose well planned retirement journey took an unexpected turn when he suffered a stroke just as they were settling into their new home in Phoenix. GUEST BLOGGER: Teri Bobko Life is what happens when we make plans. We all had heard that expression [...]

World Stroke Day in Phoenix

The American Heart Association’s Halle Heart Children’s Museum was the place to be on World Stroke Day, as some 130 kids learned about the warning signs of stroke by singing the hip hop FAST Song on karaoke. Stroke survivors come in all shapes and sizes and several were on hand to assist in educating the public about the No. 1 [...]