Connecticut

    • Sharing the impact made in Connecticut
      Dear Friends and Supporters, It has been an honor serving these past eight months as Executive Director in Connecticut alongside our incredible Board of Directors, dedicated volunteers and amazing staff. Thanks to their wonderful support and leadership, we have continued to expand our important lifesaving work throughout Connecticut. From our homes and […]
    • Consolidated School of New Fairfield receives grant
      Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge grant allow schools to target whole-body wellness in support of physical and emotional health  New Fairfield, CT— The American Heart Association’s school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™, awarded $1,772.10 to Consolidated School in New Fairfield for fitness […]
    • Stanley Black & Decker executive to chair Greater Hartford Heart Walk for second year
      Heart Walk to take place at Bushnell Park October 15 The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Russ Mills, vice president, Analytics & Business Transformation, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., as chair of the 2022 Greater Hartford Heart Walk. […]
    • New leaders and member named to CT regional board of directors
      Two area executives are stepping up to lead the American Heart Association in Connecticut. Russ Mills, vice president, Analytics & Business Transformation, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., will serve as Connecticut board chair and Maureen Boyle-Henninger, client executive, National Accounts, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will serve as […]
    • Andrew Bond named chair of the 2022 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Andrew Bond of General Dynamics Electric Boat as chair of the 2022 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk. The annual event will take place on Sunday, October 2 at Rocky Neck State Park. Bond will lead the organizational […]
    • Yale New Haven Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association to launch Barbershop Blood Pressure Program in New Haven
      The American Heart Association (AHA), dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities and the Heart and Vascular Center of Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) are working together to make a sustainable impact on the cardiovascular health, specifically hypertension, in the most impacted communities in New Haven, Connecticut. In New Haven County, 26% […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Scott Selig as Development Director
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce Scott Selig as Development Director of Greater Hartford and Eastern Connecticut Heart Challenge. The AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke funding innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies, and […]
    • Connecticut executives and companies make bold commitments to heart and brain health
      The American Heart Association Founders Day renews commitment to equitable health  On the ninety-eighth anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association (AHA), Connecticut leaders are making bold commitments to stand with the Association as it drives toward its 2024 Impact Goal which is focused on improving cardiovascular health for all […]
    • American Heart Association applauds Connecticut legislators passing tobacco cessation and prevention funding
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, applauds the Connecticut state legislature for recently passing substantial and sustained funding for tobacco control programs. The final state budget includes $12 M annual funding for educating about the harms of tobacco use, to help […]
    • Working together to make a sustainable impact in Connecticut
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, is heading into its second year with Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) Heart and Vascular Center to make a sustainable impact on the cardiovascular health, and specifically blood pressure, in the most vulnerable communities in […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Anthony Scavo of PwC as 2022 Fairfield County Heart Walk Chair
      Heart Walk is Back in Person at Sherwood Island State Park The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Anthony Scavo, Director at PwC, as chair of the 2022 Fairfield County Heart Walk and 5k Run. As chair, Anthony Scavo will lead the organizational […]
    • Biological clock shock? “Springing forward” may have drawbacks for heart health
      The American Heart Association cites studies showing increase in heart, stroke incidents associated with change to daylight saving time  According to the American Heart Association, scientific research supports the view that losing an hour of much needed sleep may not be the only thing to dread about “springing forward” when clocks move up for daylight […]
    • Lynne’s Story
      This Survivor Spotlight is presented by Saint Francis Hospital – a member of Trinity Health of New England When asked to share my “survivor story” frankly, it took me by surprise as I don’t think of myself as a survivor. At least this definition of survivor: a person remaining alive after an event in which others could have died. I underwent a heart […]
    • Briana’s Story
      This Survivor Spotlight is presented by Saint Francis Hospital – a member of Trinity Health of New England Briana Visone grew up knowing she had a heart murmur. However, her doctors were never concerned enough to seek further explanation. It was not until 2013 when Briana switched to a new physician that it was questioned. She was sent for an […]
    • Dawn’s Story
      This Survivor Spotlight is Presented by Saint Francis Hospital – a member of Trinity Health Of New England I was born with pulmonary stenosis, which is a defective pulmonary valve. I wasn’t expected to live long, never mind play sports like I did growing up. But because I have had the best doctors, and the best mother anyone could ask for, […]
    • Connecticut Woman joins national American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® 2022 class of Real Women survivors
      Local heart survivor is reclaiming her rhythm in her recovery from cardiovascular disease  During American Heart Month and to inspire women to ‘Reclaim Your Rhythm,’ the American Heart Association, announced 12 heart disease and stroke survivors who are sharing their stories as part of the Association’s Go Red for Women® movement.  Claudia Norman a New […]
    • Brain images show less injury and look healthier in adults with heart-healthy lifestyle
      On imaging tests, brains were larger and showed fewer signs of injury in early to late middle-aged adults (ages 40-69 years) who had nearly ideal cardiovascular health, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2022, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Adria Giordano as Connecticut Executive Director
      The American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce Adria Giordano as the Executive Director in Connecticut. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke funding innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies, and providing critical tools […]
    • Connecting to Support Women’s Heart Health on February 10th
      Dr. Lisa Freed of the Heart and Vascular Center at Yale New Haven Health to lead the February 10 American Heart Association’s digital Go Red New Haven The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announces the return of its annual Go Red New Haven event as a digital experience to […]
    • Go Red for Women® Luncheon: Greater Hartford women reconnect in person to support heart disease and stroke fundraiser
      American Heart Association’s 18th annual luncheon event returns to Hartford lead by Lori Groth of Stanley Black & Decker After nearly two years away from in person Go Red for Women luncheons, today the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the 2022 Hartford Go Red […]
    • Heart attack deaths more likely during winter holiday season than any other time of year
      The American Heart Association suggests ways to prepare for heart healthy holidays in order to avoid heart attacks Scientific research over time has shown an uptick in cardiac events during the winter holiday season, and more people die from heart attacks between December 25th  and January 1st  than at any other time of the year. The American Heart […]
    • Lou Gianquinto, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut to Chair New Haven Heart Walk
      2022 Heart Walk to take place in person at Savin Rock in West Haven The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting cardiovascular diseases, announces Lou Gianquinto, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, is serving as chair of the New Haven Heart Walk, which will return in person at […]
    • Hispanic adults with peripheral artery disease access inpatient care most often via the ER
      Hispanics adults hospitalized for treatment of symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD) were more likely to access this care by going to the emergency room (ER), and they experienced longer and more expensive hospitalizations than non-Hispanic white patients with PAD, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Stanley Black & Decker Executive as 2021 Greater Hartford Heart Walk Chair
      Hartford Heart Walk is Back in Person at Bushnell Park, October 23rd! The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Russ Mills, VP Transformation & Integration Office, Stanley Black & Decker, as chair of the 2021 Greater Hartford Heart Walk. […]
    • LAWRENCE + MEMORIAL PRESIDENT SUPPORTING EASTERN CONNECTICUT HEART WALK
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting cardiovascular diseases, announces the Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk is back in-person at Rocky Neck State Park on Saturday, October 2, presented by Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. Patrick L. Green, president and CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, is serving as […]
    • Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge grants allow schools to target whole-body wellness in support of physical and emotional health
      The American Heart Association’s school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™, awarded 52 elementary, middle and high schools across the country through annual grant program which funds resources to extend or support school wellness programs. Locally, Waterbury’s Children’s Community School will receive $2,856 […]
    • American Heart Association Names Incoming Board President
      Joonun (Chris) Choi, MD, Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Stamford Health, has been named incoming President of the Connecticut Board of Directors of the American Heart Association (AHA). Dr. Choi will serve a two-year term. Dr. Choi began his involvement with the American Heart Association serving on the AHA New York City Fellows Committee in […]
    • Pittsburgh Pastor Receives Top Grant at the First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announced the top awardees of its first-ever EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based hosted by the Eastern States region. The first-place grant of $50,000 was awarded to Pastor Cynthia Wallace of Bible Center Church in the […]
    • American Heart Association and Yale New Haven Health Address Needs of CT Communities in Pursuit of Health Equity
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, is taking an integrated approach with Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS) Heart and Vascular Center to make a sustainable impact on the cardiovascular health, and specifically blood pressure, in the most vulnerable communities in […]
    • Ken Knew He Had to Save His Own Life
      The last straw was being kicked out of a weight loss study because my blood pressure was too high. It was the final low in a series of them. My doctor said “You’re a ticking timebomb,” my offer to donate blood was declined because my blood pressure diastolic was over 100, and I endured a “walk of shame” at an amusement park because I couldn’t fit on a […]
    • Five Faith-Based Organizations Named as Finalists in the American Heart Association’s First EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based
      Over $105,000 in Grants Will be Awarded to Local Community Leaders Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance […]
    • Wilton Teen Chosen to Lead Fund Raising Campaign in Connecticut
      Lillie Shipman of Wilton has been nominated to become part of the American Heart Association Teen of Impact campaign in Connecticut. Lillie is the daughter of Frank and Haylee Shipman and is a Junior at the Wooster School in Danbury. The newest program of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, Teen of Impact provides teens with an […]
    • Dr. Keith Churchwell Honored for Contribution of National Significance
      Dr. Keith Churchwell will receive the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association. For Dr. Keith Churchwell, a cardiologist and president of Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, COVID-19 is “telling us a lot about ourselves.” The longtime hospital administrator and American Heart Association volunteer leader […]
    • 2021 New Haven Heart Walk Healthy For Good™ Lifestyle Change Award Winners Announced
      The American Heart Association recently announced its 2021 Healthy For Good™ Lifestyle Change Award winners, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. This annual recognition celebrates individuals who have made positive changes to improve the quality of their health. The three winners were chosen for their achievements and were recognized during the […]
    • The Greater Waterbury community is uniting this May to battle stroke and pedal their way towards better brain health for all
      Local hosts Waterbury Hospital and Ion bank are encouraging businesses and Connecticut residents to join them in getting more active and stroke-aware during National Stroke Month and Connecticut’s 2nd annual CycleNation fundraising and fitness campaign, April 27 through May 27th. Stroke remains the No. 5 killer, and the leading cause of disability in […]
    • Join Our Heart Walk with these Helpful Tips!
      Participating in the Heart Walk is about coming together, getting hearts pumping, honoring survivors, raising lifesaving funds – and having fun along the way. This year the Heart Walk more than one day. It is about the teams coming together in the weeks leading up to event day and celebrating what they have accomplished to impact the health of their […]
    • Lovies Journey to a New Heart
      These last five years I have been on a journey in which it seems that God has been preparing me for. It seems that he has been getting me ready for something greater that I cannot explain. This journey, although I didn’t know it at the time, would change my life forever. Never has my faith been tested as it was in 2013. I was experiencing dizziness, […]
    • American Heart Association Announces 2021 Women of Distinction Award Recipient
      Sandi Markey honored with award during the Hartford Go Red For Women Digital Event Women throughout Connecticut are making a difference in their communities with exceptional contributions in all aspects of life, including the health and well-being of others. Since 2018, the American Heart Association (AHA) has honored one Connecticut woman representing […]
    • American Heart Association and Yale New Haven Health to Host Blood Pressure Symposium to Improve Community Health
      Target: BP initiative to help physicians, care teams and patients achieve better blood pressure control in accordance with current AHA guidelines In New Haven County, 26% of adults live with high blood pressure and in underserved communities that number climbs to 29.42%. That is why the American Heart Association (AHA) is working with the Heart and […]
    • Greater Hartford Go Red Digital Event to Feature Keynote By Dot-Marie Jones
      Hartford Go Red Digital Event to Address Women’s Heart Health Presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Nationally by CVS Health. The American Heart Association will host the 17th annual Greater Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon, Wednesday, March 24, as a digital experience. The Go Red event is designed to raise awareness of the No. 1 killer of women: […]
    • Webinar panelists four-paneEmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Highlights Powerful Partnerships, Kicks-Off Grant Application Period
      The power of partnerships built on trust, dignity and respect was a key theme during March 17th’s EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Faith-Based Workshop Zoom webinar, hosted by the American Heart Association (AHA), Eastern States region. “When you see value in people, it affirms that value that is in you,” said Dr. Abraham […]
    • Dr. Kevin N. Sheth of Yale University to Receive the Stroke Research Mentoring Award at International Stroke Conference
      Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research will be recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021. The illustrious group includes four groundbreaking scientists who have devoted their careers to stroke research, six authors of notable new research and one scientist […]
    • The American Heart Association Launches Funding Initiative Aimed at Supporting Communities through Local Faith Institutions
      Faith-based organizations and places of worship have played an important role during the COVID-19 crisis in our country. These organizations and their volunteers and staff have been on the frontline, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and providing communities with much needed guidance and support. That is why the American Heart Association’s Eastern […]
    • Maine-Based Sea Bags Supports Heart and Brain Health through American Heart Association’s Life Is Why Campaign
      Sea Bags is joining the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association – the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. Sea Bags will provide customers the opportunity to support the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign, Life Is Why™, by donating 20% of […]
    • New England Patriots and NFL PLAY 60 keep kids active as COVID-19 cases continue to spike
      The American Heart Association and NFL, in collaboration with the New England Patriots, are excited to debut the first-ever NFL PLAY 60 library, which features kid-friendly exercises to help kids to get their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity. Amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases, schools and organized sports have begun to […]
    • Women’s Health Digital Experience to Empower Connecticut Women
      Dr. Lisa A. Freed of Yale New Haven Health to Lead Fundraising Efforts The American Heart Association’s annual New Haven Go Red for Women Event, presented by the Heart and Vascular Center of Yale New Haven Health, will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2021. This year’s event will be a digital experience focusing on women’s heart health. It will […]
    • Connecticut Online Jewelry brand NICK DEDO Supports the American Heart Association’s Life Is Why We Give Campaign
      Campaign provides funds to fight heart disease and stroke Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. These sudden health emergencies impact not only the individual, but also their families and loved ones. Beginning this December through February 2021, Connecticut online jewelry brand, NICK DEDO will support the […]
    • Greater Hartford Women Take a Stand Against their No. 1 Killer: Heart Disease
      The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon goes digital, empowers women to be in control of their heart health at every age. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, announces Thomas Burke, President of Saint Francis Hospital and Dr. Jessica […]
    • Thankful For Life
      By Michael Capalbo On April 24, 2020 I had a massive Heart Attack. I had a one-hundred percent blockage of the Left Main Artery otherwise known as ‘The Widow Maker”. Basically, I died. Here is my story and how I became a heart survivor. I was at work at Walgreens in Litchfield where I was the Assistant Manager. I felt an incredible burning sensation in […]
    • AHA President: The best way forward requires bridging disciplines, people, places
      The challenges facing our world are many – from timely concerns such as the coronavirus pandemic and the renewed emphasis it has placed on the need to dismantle structural racism to the ongoing challenges of treating and beating the top two killers around the globe: heart disease and stroke. As president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Mitch […]
    • Structural Racism As A Public Health Crisis Discussion at 2020 Scientific Sessions
      Connecticut’s Dr. Keith Churchwell, President Yale New Haven Hospital takes part in the AHA Scientific Session Panel on Structural Racism As A Public Health Crisis.   On Saturday, November 14, a discussion around structural racism as a public health crisis took place during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. This Main […]
    • People’s United Bank Conducts First Virtual Campaign to Support the AHA
      Employees’ efforts raised morale and lifesavings funds through a very successful Virtual Heart Walk People’s United Bank and American Heart Association held its first virtual heart walk and wellness challenge, which raised more than $30,000 in support of the American Heart Association (AHA), while promoting healthy behaviors among bank employees. The […]
    • Young at Heart Free Digital Event Features CT’s Geno Auriemma
      The American Heart Association will host its first Young at Heart event on Thursday, November 5 at 5pm to raise awareness and fund research and educational initiatives. Originally planned as an in-person event, the free digital experience will include inspiring speakers, an Open Your Heart appeal, and cooking demonstration by celebrity Chef Richard […]
    • Little Hearts Get a Big Treat During Little Heart Hero Day Event
      National “Authorstrator” Ben Clanton brings Narwhal and Jelly to Connecticut kids The American Heart Association’s eighth annual Little Heart Hero Day sponsored by ConnectiCare was scheduled to take place at Lyman Orchards in Middlefield during peak apple season in September 2020. As in the past, children with congenital heart defects would spend time […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Stanley Black & Decker Executive as 2020 Greater Hartford Heart Walk Chair
      The Heart Walk Digital Experience Brings Communities Together to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Russ Mills, VP Transformation & Integration Office, Stanley Black & Decker, as chair of the 2020 […]
    • American Heart Association Names New CT Board Chair and President
      The American Heart Association is proud to announce that Sarah Yeager, of Monroe, has been named Chair of the Central Connecticut Region Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Leigh Pechillo, of Southington, is its new president. Both will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2020. Sarah Yeager has been involved with the American […]
    • Lawrence + Memorial Hospital President Supporting Eeastern CT Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Patrick L. Green, president and CEO, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, as chair of the 2020 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk. The Eastern CT Heart Walk will be a digital experience taking place on Saturday, […]
    • The American Heart Association and Yale New Haven Health respond to alarming drop in 9-1-1 calls fueled by COVID-19 fears
      New campaign, Don’t Die of Doubt™, emphasizes symptoms of heart attack and stroke, need to access care by calling 9-1-1 even during pandemic Throughout the pandemic, patients have been hesitant to visit the Emergency Room for medical care. Yet, heart attacks and strokes haven’t stopped for COVID-19. Yale New Haven Hospital’s Heart and Vascular program […]
    • Two Connecticut Schools to Receive Grant Awards from the American Heart Association Providing Health Equipment
      Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge grants allow schools to target whole-body wellness in support of physical and emotional health The American Heart Association’s school-based youth programs, Kids Heart Challenge™ and American Heart Challenge™, awarded $400,000 in grants to more than 180 elementary, middle and high schools across the […]
    • The AHA Launches 2nd Webinar in a Series Discussing Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the pandemic, systemic challenges have contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, as well as immigration status, occupation, and language preference, […]
    • ICYMI: Eastern States Launched a Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      On May 15, the Eastern States Community Impact team launched the first webinar of a series designed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 in communities of color. The webinar was offered to health equity leaders nationwide and was attended by approximately 1,035 participants. During the webinar, implications of COVID-19 from the perspective of economics, […]
    • The AHA Convenes Health Equity Leaders to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color
      Long before the coronavirus impacted how we live, work, and play, systemic challenges contributed to disparities that impede some people from living long, healthy lives. Your ZIP code should not determine how long you live, but it does. Social factors, which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources, have been mostly responsible for […]
    • A Connecticut nurse shares his stroke story
      Mark Twain once wrote in a letter “The report of my death is greatly exaggerated”. To personalize this, I didn’t die, and I’m not paralyzed – thanks to many. Here is my story. On Friday night, April 24th, I experienced a sudden onset of left leg weakness, and numbness and tingling in my left arm while in the kitchen. As I attempted to walk to the […]
    • Marie’s Lifestyle Change For the Good
      Marie was 56 years old and wouldn’t have said that she was in poor health. “I was a junk food junkie”, Marie confessed, “but never, ever imagined I would have a heart attack”. In June 2019, Marie lifted the paper shredder basket to empty it when she developed a “knot” in her left scapular region. She thought nothing of it and brushed it away as just […]
    • President Saint Francis Hospital To Serve As Greater Hartford Go Red For Women Luncheon Chair
      The Fifteenth Annual American Heart Association Go Red For Women Benefit Luncheon to Take Place March 11, 2020 The American Heart Association announces that John F. Rodis. M.D. M.B.A., President, Saint Francis Hospital will serve as Chair of the 2020 Greater Hartford Go Red For Women Luncheon & STEM Goes Red. The fifteenth annual benefit luncheon […]
    • Area researchers receive awards at Scientific Sessions
      Researchers from Boston, New York, Baltimore and New Haven, Conn., were among those recognized Sunday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. The Association’s Scientific Sessions is an annual, premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians. American Heart […]
    • Group tackles health disparities in northeastern states
      A consortium that coordinates the efforts of local and regional cardiovascular disease prevention programs helped states achieve major goals for eliminating health disparities, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019 in Philadelphia. Researchers implemented the Northeast Health […]
    • Empowering Entrepreneurs for healthier communities: EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Finale Event
      We are thrilled to introduce the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve National Business Accelerator grant recipients!  The October 17th event was hosted in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The top nine candidates presented their innovative concepts and ideas in a shark-tank style program at the event for a chance to […]
    • The Fight Worth Fighting
      I recently heard a quote that expresses my feelings of 27 years ago, “Numb from my child’s unexpected diagnosis my small voice whispered what are we going to do, and the Mama Bear in me said whatever it takes. And that is why you never mess with a heart mom”. At the age of 17, I not only became a new mom, but a heart mom. My daughter, Cassandra was […]
    • Donna Handley of Hartford HealthCare to Lead Eastern CT Heart Walk Sept. 29th
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Donna Handley of Hartford HealthCare as chair the 2019 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk. The annual event will take place on Sunday, September 29 at the Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville.  Handley will lead the […]
    • Eastern CT Heart Walk Benefits from CT Sun Event
      The American Heart Association will hold its annual Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk on Sunday, September 29 at Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville. Over 1,500 supporters and survivors are expected to attend and raise funds to support cardiovascular research and education. This year, the Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk has teamed up with the Connecticut Sun […]
    • WALLINGFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKES CPR TRAINING TO THE NEXT LEVEL
      More than 350,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year in the United States. About 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Bystander CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac […]
    • Register Today for Fairfield County Heart Walk & 5K Run
      Online registration is open for the 2019 Fairfield County Heart Walk and 5K Run at www.fairfieldcountyheartwalk.org. The event is set for Sunday, May 19th at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. Participants can walk or run as individuals or on a team of friends, co-workers or family. Companies and community groups are invited to form teams and […]
    • Heart Survivor Celebrates Fifth “Birthday”
      On May 11, Leigh Pechillo will celebrate her 5th birthday. Five years since her life began, or should we say…began again. She will celebrate by teaching as many people as possible, Hands Only CPR. The one thing that kept her alive until help arrived. Knowing her five-year anniversary was approaching, she wanted to make sure other hearts could be […]
    • Anchors Go Red on National Wear Red Day!
      Welcome to the blog, News Anchors! The American Heart Association invites you to wear RED on-air on Friday, February 1st to help share the truth about heart disease and make ending it a reality. Share on-air why you are wearing red and “Going Red” and post photos to social media using #GoRedCT (Connecticut) or #GoRedMass (Massachusetts) so we can […]
    • I’m Never Giving Up…Joe’s Story
      My story begins in 2011. I had just gone through a divorce and had gotten into great shape or as I called it, dating shape. I was house sitting for friends and had run three miles on the treadmill pushing myself quite hard. As I finished I noticed I wasn’t feeling well and decided to rest a little before going to meet a friend before lunch. My friends […]
    • Be At Your Peak This Holiday Season
      You can be the best you – at your peak this holiday season – by eating smart, moving more and making your well-being a priority. And you don’t have to put these healthy habits on pause during the holidays. We’ve got lots of ways to make the healthy choice the easy choice, as well as the fun and festive choice! Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables to […]
    • Sweet Caroline
      By: Caroline’s Mom, Melissa Guarracino We have a trend in our little family to only use due dates as a (very, VERY) general guideline. None of our children have been born in the month they were due. So, when my late August due date came and went for baby number 3 and September began, all I could do was laugh. Caroline arrived, on her own time, in the […]
    • 2018 Hartford Heart Walk Co-Chairs Announced
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Corliss Montesi of Stanley Black & Decker and Kay Mooney of Aetna, as co-chairs of the 2018 Hartford Heart Walk. The 26th annual Hartford Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 6 at a NEW location, […]
    • American Heart Association and Hartford HealthCare Join Together to End Stroke In Connecticut
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), along with Hartford HealthCare, are encouraging Connecticut residents to join to end stroke, the state’s fourth leading cause of death. Despite claiming more than 133,000 lives annually in the United States, and an average of 1,300 deaths a year in Connecticut, as many as 80 percent […]
    • American Heart Association Announces Co-Chairs for the 2018 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Kevin Brown of Mohegan Tribe and Donna Handley of Hartford HealthCare will co-chair the 2018 Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk. The annual event will take place on Sunday, September 23 at the Mohegan Reservation in […]
    • The American Heart Association launches Innovation Challenge to Identify Health Solutions that Address Social Determinants of Health
      Applications sought through June 8 for initiative that awards $30,000 in grants   The American Heart Association is seeking applicants for the 2018 Northeast Health Equity Consortium Innovation Challenge, a grant-based initiative to identify innovative, clearly-defined solutions to improve the health and well-being in urban communities in New England, […]
    • Connecticut Residents Can Fight A Silent Killer With Blood Pressure Management Program
      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over thirty percent of adults in Connecticut have high blood pressure and many more may be at risk.   The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, offers the free Check. Change. Control. ® program to help individuals identify, track, lower and maintain healthy blood […]
    • Anthem President Supports Heart Health in New Haven
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Jill Hummel, president, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, as chair of the 2018 Greater New Haven Heart Walk. The 2018 New Haven Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, May 5. Registration opens at 9:00am and the […]
    • Four tips to move more in April
      The American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good™ Challenges All People to Move More and Live More Staying active is a no-brainer when it comes to improving how you look and feel, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 56.1 percent of New York adults are getting the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity. This […]
    • CONNECTICUT KIDS MEET WITH LAWMAKERS TO PUSH SALE AGE OF TOBACCO TO 21
      Kids to share 21 reasons for supporting Tobacco 21 in CT Today, students of all ages came to the Connecticut Legislative Building to meet with legislators and share reasons for supporting ‘Tobacco 21’- raising the sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 in Connecticut. The event was held in conjunction with lobby days for both the […]
    • Nutrition Tips For Healthier Families
      March is National Nutrition Month and the American Heart Association is working to help kids and families live heart-healthy lives by setting healthier diet goals. About one in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese, which can lead to a broad range of health problems. You can help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will […]
    • “If I Had Not Questioned the Evaluation, I Would Not Be Here Today”
      I have always tried to be healthy – I go to the gym to workout, eat healthy, rarely drink, never smoked, and yet I am a survivor of heart disease. It started years ago when I learned that I had a heart murmur. The heart murmur required no medications, but just something one lives with based on its condition.  Over the years, it was monitored by a […]
    • The American Stroke Association receives $11.1 million gift from The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation
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    • Mike’s Story
      I have no recollection of the day that changed my life forever. I’ll only be able to tell the stories that I’ve been told. The evening of my sudden cardiac arrest, the doctors told my parents that I had a one in a million chance to survive. Although I’ve had many experiences that I will never forget, I will never remember the day that I went into […]
    • Super Simple Game Day Playbook
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    • THINK AHEAD: SAVE ON RED
      You’ve surely noticed, in all those shopping trips this December, that there’s one color dominating the clothing choices: red. And in the approaching Christmas days, as you are shopping, it is a great time to look for red sweaters, tops, dresses and lights to adorn your home or business in honor of National Wear Red Day, Friday February 2, 2018. […]
    • Alice’s Story – “Had I not called “911” I would most probably not be here”
      “My name is Alice and I am a 64yr old female who is employed at Mohegan Sun Casino. I am a shift manager at the Bus Lobby and I would consider my position to be overall moderately stressful. I mention this to alert you to the fact that not everyone displays the same symptoms and I hope by sharing my story, I can heighten your awareness. For […]
    • RESIDENTS AND EMPLOYEES TAKE STEPS TO BEAT HEART DISEASE AT EASTERN CT HEART WALK
      The American Heart Association will hold its annual Eastern Connecticut Heart Walk on Sunday, September 24 at Mohegan Reservation in Uncasville. Over 1,500 supporters and survivors are expected to attend and raise funds to support cardiovascular research and education.   Walk activities begin at 9:00am. Prior to the walk kick-off, participants can […]
    • AETNA SIGNS ON AS SIGNATURE SPONSOR OF AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION‘S 2017 CONNECTICUT HEART BALL
      KAY MOONEY OF AETNA NAMED CAMPAIGN CHAIR The American Heart Association announces that Aetna has signed on as the signature sponsor of the American Heart Association’s 2017 Connecticut Heart Ball. Kay Mooney, Vice President of Benefits and Well-being at Aetna will serve as the event’s chair, leading all fundraising efforts. The Connecticut Heart Ball, […]
    • Nominate Someone You Know For the Stroke & Caregivers Virtual Gallery Presented by Hoffman Auto Group
      Nominate Someone You Know For the Stroke & Caregivers Virtual Gallery Presented by Hoffman Auto Group If you want to nominate yourself or someone else to be part of the Stroke & Caregiver Survivor Virtual Gallery, please read the following details, and then click on the link below share your story! The American Heart Association has teamed up […]
    • AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2017 GREATER HARTFORD HEART WALK CO-CHAIRS
      The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, announces Corliss Montesi of Stanley Black and Decker and Mary Anne Cannon of Pratt & Whitney as co-chairs of the 2017 Hartford Heart Walk. The Hartford Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, October 14 at Pratt & […]
    • AETNA FOUNDATION AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION TEAM UP
      The American Heart Association and the Aetna Foundation have teamed up to build healthier minds and bodies by building Teaching Gardens, together. The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that the Aetna Foundation will sponsor a two-year, multi-phase Teaching Gardens program in Boston and Hartford, Conn. The program will fund four Teaching […]
    • Rylan’s Story
      My husband, Ray and I were expecting our second child. We were full of excitement and couldn’t wait to introduce our little one to his big brother, Hayden. Hayden was three at the time. Rylan was born on Monday, October 6th weighing 9lbs – 1 ounce at Waterbury Hospital. He had a 9.9 APGAR (which measures a newborn’s health from 1 – 10, 10 […]
    • Combo of smaller meds may just be the dose to lower blood pressure
      Combined smaller doses of blood pressure medications may be effective with fewer side effects than standard single doses, according to preliminary research. In the first review to compare quarter-dose therapy to standard dose and placebo, researchers found that two medications in combination was just as effective as one standard dose of blood […]