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New York Governor needs to include public health in 2021 plans

Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined many plans to improve the lives of all New Yorkers during his multi-day State of the State addresses this week. The American Heart Association called on Gov. Cuomo to include public health programs in his priorities for 2021. “The arts, green energy, telehealth, and infrastructure will all improve the lives of

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New Year’s Resolutions in a Pandemic

Should New Year’s resolutions be different in the midst of a pandemic? We checked in with Robin Tassinari, MD, Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry at Albany Med, for advice. The American Heart Association in New York’s Capital Region and Albany Med are entering their fifth year of a special “Life is Why” collaboration, aimed to improve the health

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Utica scientists to study cardiac abnormalities and autism link

Is there a link between cardiac abnormalities and autism? That’s what Dr. Maria Kontaridis, Executive Director and Gordon K. Moe Professor of Biomedical Research and Translational Medicine at the  Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) in Utica, will be studying for the next three years, thanks to a $299,835.00 three-year Transformational Project Award from the American

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Gov. Cuomo needs to allot CARES money to alleviate health disparities

The chair of the Capital Region Board of Directors, Jennifer Corcoran Conway, called on Gov. Cuomo to use the CARES money the state has to improve health inequities.  The American Heart Association (AHA) supports the call by Senators Rivera and Persaud, and Assemblymembers Hevesi, Lupardo, Gottfried, Jaffee, Bronson, and Rosenthal to allocate much needed funds

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Different format, but same spirit at Breakfast with Santa

The setting was different, but the spirit was the same as 35 of the families who make up the Cardiac Kids group of the Capital Region gathered by Zoom for their annual Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 6. Just as it would have been had they gathered in person, the kids talked over each

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Deadline extended for Red Cap Ambassador nominations

There have been children who have had open heart surgery before their second birthdays. There have been adults sidelined from running marathons, and some still active with their local fire companies even after open heart surgery. The Red Cap Ambassadors to America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk look a little different every year, but one

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Excelsior College is first to participate in Field Day

The American Heart Association’s Field Day brings fun and activity into the workday, boosting employee morale and improving health, while also investing in the work of the American Heart Association. Excelsior College, a not-for-profit online college in Albany, was the first Capital Region company to participate in Field Day, part of the American Heart Association’s

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America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk kicks off

The date for America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk is changing, but the mission of the event remains the same. The American Heart Association announced its plans for America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk in a digital kickoff on Nov. 17. America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk will take place on May 15, 2021, from

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Heart Association seeks participants for Heart Health Reset

Even in a normal year, staying healthy in November and December can be a challenge. COVID-19 is adding more intensity and pressure to that challenge. To help people maintain their health through the end of the calendar year, the American Heart Association in the Upper Hudson Valley is offering a Heart-Health Reset, sponsored by Antalek