Massachusetts

    • Dozens of Massachusetts hospitals recognized for efforts to improve heart disease and stroke outcomes
      Dozens of hospitals in Massachusetts are among the 2,600 nationwide that participate in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® initiative to improve outcomes for Americans who experience heart disease or stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. These health crises […]
    • American Heart Association invites Boston to reconnect for heart health at Sept. 17 Heart Walk
      After three years, the American Heart Association’s Boston Heart Walk is returning to an in-person event on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hatch Memorial Shell. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event in Greater Boston for celebrating heart and stroke survivors, raising lifesaving funds and encouraging physical activity. On event […]
    • Mass. Senate OKs American Heart Association-backed bill to revamp early childhood education and care
      The Massachusetts Senate passed the Early Childhood Education bill unanimously on Thursday night, which will establish a framework for delivering increased access to affordable, high-quality early education and childcare to Massachusetts families. The bill heads now to the House. The vote was celebrated by the American Heart Association, which sent an […]
    • Two Boston physicians lauded for tenures on AHA national board
      Drs. Joseph Loscalzo and Lee Schwamm are among four physicians being recognized this week as their terms on the American Heart Association’s National Board of Directors come to an end. Both Loscalzo and Schwamm teach at Harvard Medical School. Loscalzo is also chairman of the Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief at Brigham and Women’s […]
    • Massachusetts neurologist honored with national volunteer award
      For his of dedication to improving the outcomes of stroke patients, Dr. Lee Schwamm will be honored with a Gold Heart award during the American Heart Association’s annual National Volunteer Awards virtual ceremony. The vice president of virtual care at Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital, Schwamm has been a volunteer chair of several national […]
    • Mass. Sen. Pres. Spilka to join online AHA forum on June 7
      By advocating for public policies that build healthier communities, we can all make a difference in people’s lives. On Tuesday, June 7, at 11 a.m., you will have the chance to speak directly to a key Massachusetts policymaker – Senate President Karen Spilka – at an online legislative forum hosted by the American Heart Association. American Heart […]
    • Boston Heart and Stroke Ball returns in-person on April 30, supporting equitable health for all
      Boston, April 12, 2022 – After three years, the American Heart Association’s Boston Heart and Stroke Ball is returning to an in-person event on Saturday, April 30, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, from 6 to 10 p.m. The annual gala is the culmination of the year-long Heart of Boston campaign, which raises funds to ensure all Boston residents […]
    • Local health advocate to emcee Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball
      Maria Fernandes-Dominique will emcee the Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball, which is returning to an in-person event for the first time since 2020. This year’s ball will be held Saturday, April 2, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Maria is the director of public affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, a racial justice facilitator […]
    • Heart of Gold Award winners to be honored at Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball
      This Saturday, four community members will take the stage at the Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball to accept one of the American Heart Association’s highest honors, the Heart of Gold Award, for their contributions to the health of the region. Awards will be given out in four categories at the annual event, which is being held at Mechanics […]
    • Massachusetts stroke survivor Valerie Giglio to share her story at Boston Heart and Stroke Ball
      Valerie Giglio, a local singer, recording artist and lawyer, will share her inspiring story of recovering from a 2014 stroke at the 2022 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball on April 30. Valerie was at the pinnacle of her singing career when a stroke paralyzed her entire left side and damaged her vocal cord – destroying her singing voice – at the age of 42. “I […]
    • Boston Heart Walk Spotlight: She lost her mom to heart disease. Now she walks to help others.
      The Boston Heart Walk returns to the Hatch Memorial Shell on Saturday, Sept. 17. Over the next six months, we’ll be spotlighting the stories of community members who participate in the Heart Walk. Through their efforts, we are raising funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke. The following story was written by Anne Marie Lane, of […]
    • Boston pop-up market brings affordable fruits and vegetables to city’s Dorchester neighborhood
      Nearly 1 in 5 Boston residents lack access to healthy food, and COVID-19 has only made the problem worse. To address this issue, the American Heart Association recently partnered with two local organizations to help launch a pop-up market where city residents can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. The market, which opened in […]
    • Boston cardiologist to be honored by American Heart Association with Paul Dudley White Award
      Dr. Peter Libby will receive the Paul Dudley White Award at the 2022 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, the American Heart Association announced Monday. Since 1974, the Paul Dudley White Award has been given annually to a Boston physician who has made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular or stroke care. Dr. Libby, a cardiovascular specialist at […]
    • Channel 5 Boston profiles Massachusetts boy spreading heart-health awareness with his dog
      A Massachusetts boy who is on a mission to spread the word about American Heart Month was profiled on WCVB Channel 5 Boston this week. Jameson Gagnon, 12, of Abington, has a history of heart disease in his family. “My dad had heart failure, and my Papa has a pacemaker but, most of all, my Grandma had a quadruple bypass,” Jameson told […]
    • Boston Children’s Hospital, MIT researchers receive funding to study congenital heart defects
      Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were awarded funding this week by the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation to study congenital heart defects. The jointly funded grants total more than $625,000 and will be distributed among five research projects nationwide. At […]
    • Massachusetts scientist among 12 honored by American Stroke Association
      NEW ORLEANS — Twelve scientists leading the way in stroke research have been recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2022. The group includes Julie A. DiCarlo, a researcher from Massachusetts General Hospital, who has been awarded the Stroke Rehabilitation Award. The award […]
    • Wear Red Day raises heart-health awareness in Massachusetts
      From landmarks to online communities, neighborhoods to news anchors, National Wear Red Day united people across Massachusetts on February 4 for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke. Here are some highlights. News Anchors Throughout the state, more than 20 news anchors wore red on-air. Here are two clips of anchors discussing their […]
    • Channel 5 encourages Boston to ‘Reclaim Your Rhythm’ in Heart Month PSA
      This American Heart Month, WCVB Channel 5 is urging viewers to Reclaim Your Rhythm by creating healthy habits in a PSA that will be airing throughout February. The 30-second spot features Channel 5 anchors Jessica Brown, Maria Stephanos, Shayna Seymour, Erika Tarantal and Antoinette Antonio. The anchors encourage viewers to take back control of their […]
    • Massachusetts woman joins American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2022 class of Real Women survivors
      To kick off American Heart Month and inspire women to ‘Reclaim Your Rhythm,’ the American Heart Association today announced 12 heart disease and stroke survivors who are sharing their stories as part of the Association’s Go Red for Women movement. Jayme Kelly, a Needham, Mass., resident who had a stroke in 2019, when she was 29, was selected from more […]
    • Massachusetts December Media Roundup
      Here is a sampling of stories covered by Massachusetts media outlets in December that featured the American Heart Association and highlight the many ways we are helping all Americans live a long, healthy life. NBC Boston: High blood pressure treatment in pregnancy is safe, prevents maternal heart risks Treatment for high blood pressure during pregnancy […]
    • Massachusetts November Media Roundup
      Here is a sampling of stories covered by Massachusetts media outlets in November that featured the American Heart Association and highlight the many ways we are helping all Americans live a long, healthy life. NBC Boston and NECN: 2021 Dietary Guidance to Improve Cardiovascular Health ‘Balance’ is the key word in new dietary guidance for […]
    • Massachusetts organizations recognized for achievements in workplace health
      Several Massachusetts organizations are being recognized for their commitment to employee health and well-being by the American Heart Association through its 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index.   The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, created the Index in 2016 with its CEO Roundtable, a leadership […]
    • UMass cardiologist elected president of American Heart Association board
      The American Heart Association has named Dr. David McManus president-elect of its Board of Directors in central Massachusetts. Dr. McManus is a cardiologist and clinician scientist at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. His research focuses on the world’s most common heart rhythm abnormality – atrial fibrillation. He is currently […]
    • Harvard U. researcher to receive Distinguished Scientist in Stroke award at Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association is presenting its 2021 Distinguished Scientist in Stroke to Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Eng H. Lo. The Association designates Distinguished Scientist awards in several categories to members who have significantly advanced the understanding of cardiovascular, stroke or brain health. The 2021 awardees will be honored at […]
    • Boston researcher to receive Distinguished Scientist award at Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association is presenting its 2021 Distinguished Scientist in General Preventive Medicine award to Dr. Vasan S. Ramachandran, of Boston University. The Association designates Distinguished Scientist awards in several categories to AHA members who have significantly advanced the understanding of cardiovascular, stroke or brain health. […]
    • Boston Heart Walk helping to build healthier communities
      For Annie Sasena of Acton, Mass., participating in the American Heart Association’s Boston Heart Walk is much more than an act of charity — it’s an expression of gratitude steeped in family tradition. She credits the AHA for funding the clinical research that helped save her life. “I have been a walker and donor for the American Heart Association all […]
    • Boston kicks off Heart Walk week with staff ‘thank you’ video
      The staff of the American Heart Association in Boston released a video today, thanking walkers and companies who are supporting and raising money for the 2021 Boston Heart Walk. Watch it below. This year, Heart Walk participants are invited to start their walk from various pop-up start lines installed around town or to create a path of their own on […]
    • Boston executive named to leadership role for Heart Challenge
      Like many people, Shaun Real has long known that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But it wasn’t until he started volunteering for the American Heart Association two years ago that he began to understand just how close the disease hit to home. A friend or a colleague would write him a note, thanking him for his work with […]
    • WCVB Channel 5 airing PSA promoting Boston Heart Walk
      WCVB Channel 5 is airing a PSA promoting the Boston Heart Walk throughout October. The spot features Jessica Brown, who co-anchors the noon and 4 p.m. newscasts. Brown also serves as NewsCenter 5’s medical reporter. WCVB is the media sponsor of the Boston Heart Walk. On Saturday, Oct. 30, Heart Walk participants and teams are invited to walk wherever […]
    • Heart Walk encourages Boston to boost mental and physical health while funding community wellness
      BOSTON — The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all, invites Boston to join in Heart Walk Here, a new way to Heart Walk, helping the community to boost physical and mental health through healthy habits while supporting the mission of the American Heart Association. The Boston […]
    • American Heart Association launches Boston-based web series focused on mental health
      The American Heart Association is hosting a six-part series of virtual engagements in Boston that are focused on mental well-being, mindfulness and remaining resilient. The final session will be held Friday, June 24, at noon, and feature a conversation with Wyatt Kelley, an American Heart Association volunteer who had a stroke in 2011. Click here to […]
    • AHA welcomes new development director in central Massachusetts
      Danielle Statires has joined the American Heart Association as a director of development for central Massachusetts. “Danielle was a standout through the interview process because of her background, skillsets and engaging personality and we are very fortunate to have her join us in this role,” said Brian Shankey, the American Heart […]
    • Boston’s Bay State Banner publishes special section focused on heart attacks
      The Bay State Banner released the summer 2021 edition of Be Healthy, its special section focused on health, which focuses on heart attacks and prominently features information from the American Heart Association. The Bay State Banner is an African American owned news weekly that reports on the political, economic, social and cultural issues that are of […]
    • Boston Globe columnist calls out Big Tobacco’s latest push to skirt regulation
      Tobacco companies are growing bolder in their efforts to keep people addicted and misinformed. The Boston Globe recently wrote about their latest plan to elude regulation in Massachusetts — electronic devices that heat tobacco instead of burning it, which the industry claims is a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes. In her piece, Globe […]
    • Massachusetts newspaper spotlights STEM Goes Red program
      The Community Advocate published a story this week about the Young Women’s Health Innovator Challenge, an American Heart Association program designed to expose girls and young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The story focused on Westborough High School sophomore Olivia Yoonseo Lee, who, along with students from Worcester […]
    • 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 […]
    • Mass. government relations director to talk free school lunches on July 13th panel
      To end childhood hunger in Massachusetts, we must allow every student who wants or needs a school breakfast or lunch to receive it  at no cost to their family and with no requirement to sign up or provide income or other information. If passed, an estimated 50,000 students would have better access to school meals. The American Heart Association’s […]
    • Boston University among four institutions tapped to study link between heart disease and cancer
      With a growing need to better understand the many links between heart disease and cancer, the two leading causes of death worldwide, the American Heart Association announced today grants focused on this area of scientific research. More than $11 million in research grants are awarded to four multidisciplinary teams to create the Association’s newest […]
    • Massachusetts neurologist to be honored for transforming stroke care
      Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke — when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. And when it happens, time is of the essence. The impact is swift, with brain cells beginning to die within minutes. That’s why getting a patient evaluated, triaged and treated quickly can mean the difference between a full […]
    • 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 […]
    • Help improve stroke care in Massachusetts
      More than 2,000 Massachusetts residents die from stroke every year and even more are left with long-term disabilities. In many cases, this could be prevented. They key is ensuring stroke patients get to the right hospital as quickly as possible. This is not always happening in Massachusetts. That’s why the American Heart Association is calling on state […]
    • Telephone CPR saves lives. Help us bring it to Massachusetts
      During CPR & AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, the American Heart Association is asking advocates in Massachusetts to focus their efforts on one of our key issues – requiring all 911 operators in Massachusetts to be trained in how to deliver CPR instructions over the phone. We have created a Telephone CPR Toolkit that will help you build a campaign to […]
    • From inspiration to innovation – Massachusetts students compete to improve public health
      Speaking before a panel of women from Greater Boston’s science and technology sectors, high school student Halle Roberts pitched an idea for an app that could help teenage girls better understand their health. “Often people don’t have a comfortable space or a trusted person to talk to about issues of growing up,” Myslik, a student at Tabor Academy in […]
    • Massachusetts stroke survivor shares powerful story at Heart and Stroke Ball
      Rachel Scanlon Henry shared her experience with stroke at the 2021 Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball, held virtually on April 22. Rachel had a stroke when she was at her doctor’s office for a routine physical examination in 2003. She received immediate care, which saved her life and kept the effects of the stroke to a minimum. After her […]
    • Massachusetts tobacco tax campaign launches today
      Starting the week of April 12, the American Heart Association is asking advocates in Massachusetts to focus their efforts on one of our key issues – raising tobacco taxes and increasing funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. We have created a Tobacco Taxes and Funding Toolkit that will help you build an advocacy campaign to make a […]
    • Central Massachusetts radio show highlights upcoming Heart and Stroke Ball
      The executive director of the American Heart Association in central Massachusetts and the chairwoman of the region’s Heart and Stroke Ball appeared on the Talk of the Commonwealth radio show on Wednesday morning. Brian Shankey, who leads the AHA’s efforts in Greater Worcester, provided an overview of the work of the American Heart […]
    • Massachusetts schools prioritize physical activity to boost students’ well-being during uncertain year
      METHUEN – Studies have shown physical activity can lessen children’s anxiety and depression – two issues that have been of increasing concern to parents and educators during the pandemic. The American Heart Association and the Comprehensive Grammar, Marsh Grammar, and Tenney Grammar schools in Methuen are helping students improve physical and emotional […]
    • Boston Go Red for Women Luncheon in 3 minutes: Watch video recapping 2021 event
      Please enjoy a look back at the 2021 Go Red for Women Luncheon with a video highlighting this year’s virtual event, held Friday, Feb. 26. https://youtu.be/f7ub-OFSBS8 Featured in this highlight package are event emcee Emily Riemer, an anchor at WCVB Channel 5 Boston; Christina Crowley, a senior vice president at Dell Technologies and chairwoman of Go […]
    • Massachusetts lobbying campaign launches with eye on sugary drinks
      Every day, Americans’ lives are touched by heart disease and stroke. Whether it’s our own health that is impacted or the health of family members, friends or co-workers, there is a lot at stake when it comes to fighting our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We all have the power to make a difference by speaking out for policies that help build […]
    • BioPharma Week kicks off in Boston on March 30
      The American Heart Association will be hosting three webinars in Boston during BioPharma Week, starting March 30, devoted to the organization’s pursuit of scientific approaches in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Click here to register The series will introduce the latest American Heart Association-backed scientific advancements to members […]
    • 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 […]
    • Boston stroke scientist honored at International Stroke Conference
      Eleven scientists leading the way in stroke research have been recognized for their exceptional achievements during the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2021. Among those is Dr. Andreas Charidimou, a post-doctoral researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Charidimou received the the […]
    • 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 […]
    • Boston 25 News examines the pandemic’s impact on heart disease rates
      For many of us, the pandemic has changed our routines in unhealthy ways. We may be exercising less, eating an unhealthier diet and experiencing mores stress. What impact will this have on our chances of developing heart disease? Boston 25 News took a look at this issue in a story that aired on Monday. Interviewed for the piece was Dr. Ami Bhatt, a […]
    • Massachusetts middle schooler raising awareness, money for American Heart Month
      A fifth grader from Abington, Mass., is on a mission to raise money and awareness in the fight against heart disease in honor of his parents and grandmother. The Abington News chronicled Jameson Gagnon’s impressive accomplishments in an article posted online this week. The piece describes Jameson as being “a one man advocacy agency” […]
    • Longtime Massachusetts American Heart Association volunteer profiled in legal magazine
      The ABA Journal published a feature story this month focused on Elizabeth L.B. Greene and her two decades of experience volunteering for the American Heart Association. Greene, who is a partner at the Worcester, Mass., law firm Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, is frequently credited with revitalizing the Association’s presence in central […]
    • Boston Globe interviews local American Heart Association grant recipient
      A social entrepreneur from Rhode Island who was the top finalist in a recent American Heart Association grant competition was profiled in The Boston Globe this week. Abigail Kohler is the co-founder and chief executive of ResusciTech, a Providence-based startup that developed an app to help train and certify users in CPR and first aid. Kohler was […]
    • Boston Heart Walk food drive connects Chase branch to the community
      BOSTON – As the COVID-19 pandemic tightened its grip on our lives last year, a simple act of charity helped give the employees and customers at a local bank a sense of purpose. Beginning last summer, JPMorgan Chase teamed up with the American Heart Association to provide healthy food to people in Greater Boston that need it most. As part of the […]
    • AHA Boston board member talks ‘Don’t Die of Doubt’ on medical podcast
      Dr. Ami Bhatt talked about ‘Don’t Die of Doubt’, an American Heart Association campaign encouraging people to seek medical treatment if they experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, during a recent appearance on a national medical podcast. “We have a lot of reach outs to the community and awareness campaigns to ensure […]
    • Harvard grad who launched non-profit to employ Boston’s homeless youth up for American Heart Association grant
      A Massachusetts man who started a non-profit to find employment opportunities for Boston’s homeless youth population has been selected as a top candidate for an American Heart Association grant. Connor Schoen, 22, who co-founded Breaktime in 2018 while a student at Harvard University, is one of eight innovators who will be presenting business models […]
    • 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 […]
    • Newspaper profiles Boston’s Go Red for Women chair
      The Community Advocate published a story this week profiling Christina Crowley, a stroke survivor who is chairing Boston’s Go Red for Women campaign in 2021. The piece, written by senior reporter Melanie Petrucci, chronicles Crowley’s experience having a stroke while seeing the play Dear Evan Hansen in New York City in 2017. Crowley, an […]
    • A message of thanks from the Boston staff of the American Heart Association
      As we continue to face an unprecedented health crisis, the Boston staff of the American Heart Association wanted to take a moment to thank the entire healthcare community in Boston. Please join us in showing appreciation for the people who are putting their lives on the line every day to get us through this difficult time. https://youtu.be/5trfxdh3wPc […]
    • Advocate for better stroke care in Massachusetts by writing to your local newspaper
      This past summer, the Massachusetts Senate voted to support a bill that would ensure stroke patients get the best treatment as quickly as possible. The bill, which passed in a 40-0 vote, would allow first responders to transport stroke patients to the facilities best-equipped to treat them, rather than the closest, ensuring they immediately get the […]
    • American Heart Association releases Boston 2020 Impact Report
      Click the image below to view the Boston 2020 Impact Report. Scroll down for a message from our executive director. Dear friends and supporters, Before the American Heart Association existed, people with cardiovascular diseases were often doomed to complete bed rest — or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians believed it didn’t have to be that […]
    • Massachusetts volunteers recognized for service to American Heart Association
      The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that several Massachusetts volunteers have been named recipients of the 2020 Eastern States Volunteer Awards. As a volunteer-led organization, the American Heart Association relies on the passion and generosity of thousands of volunteers every day who move its mission forward. Here are this year’s […]
    • Massachusetts advocacy directors honored for anti-tobacco efforts
      Tobacco Free Mass presented its Blake Cady Award for Excellence in Tobacco Control this year to Allyson Perron Drag of the American Heart Association and Marc Hymovitz of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The pair are being recognized for their outstanding work on landmark tobacco prevention and cessation legislation and for their […]
    • American Heart Association launches ad campaign backing sugary drink tax in Massachusetts
      The American Heart Association launched a digital ad campaign in Massachusetts this week to raise awareness of the dangers of sugary drink consumption and advocate for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Over the next several months, the Association will be running ads on two online outlets that cover Massachusetts politics — Politico’s Massachusetts […]
    • Boston NPR spotlights American Heart Association in winter workout guide
      When winter blows in, you can pull the blankets over your head and go back to sleep — or you can suit up and head out for an outdoor winter adventure. WBUR, a Boston NPR station, published a report this week highlighting various exercise options when the temperature starts to dip. Report Meagan McGinnes spoke to two Boston doctors – Cassandra Pierre, […]
    • Hey, Boston! Support the American Heart Association during the holidays with these social media messages
      We at the American Heart Association are thankful for your partnership, which has allowed us to make inroads in research, build critical relationships with first responders and strengthen communities throughout Greater Boston. Now, as we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, we need your support more than ever. Please ask your network to give […]
    • Massachusetts teen pens essay reflecting on father’s stroke
      The following essay was written by Julia Austin Spanek after her father, Mark Spanek, had a stroke in 2018. Julia, who was 13 when she authored this piece, is now 15 and a sophomore at Franklin High School. Mark Spanek, a Stroke Ambassador for the American Heart Association in Boston, credits his stroke for being the “wake up call” that made him […]
    • Boston Heart Walk releases video recapping 2020 event
      Please enjoy a look back at the 2020 Boston Heart Walk with a video highlighting this year’s digital experience, held Oct. 19-24. Featured in this highlight package are Emily Riemer, anchor at Channel 5 Boston, Lawrence Vinson, community impact director at the American Heart Association, Josh Trautwein, CEO of About Fresh, Charles Daniels, CEO of […]
    • Boston Lawyers Have Heart names 2021 leadership team
      At the American Heart Association, we know this is a busy time for all of us, so as we look forward to 2021, we want to thank the following people for being part of the 2021 Lawyers Have Heart Executive Leadership Team. We truly could not do it without them. While this year’s Lawyers Have Heart campaign may look different, our mission is more important […]
    • 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 […]
    • Boston, NYC physicians to receive Joseph A. Vita Award at Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association has recognized two physicians, one from New York City and one from Boston, for their impact on the field of cardiovascular biology and health during the last five years. Dr. Hooman Kamel, of Weill Cornell Medicine, and Dr. Robert W. Yeh, of Harvard Medical School, were named the 2020 Joseph A. Vita Award recipients at […]
    • Boston physician to receive Research Achievement Award at Scientific Sessions
      The American Heart Association has recognized a Boston physician with one of its most distinguished and historic honors. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has been named the 2020 Research Achievement Award recipient for her outstanding lifetime contributions to cardiovascular research. […]
    • Boston Lawyers Have Heart chairman on mission to fund research and change lives
      BOSTON – The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Josh Lanouette, senior manager of forensic and integrity services at EY, will be chairing the 2021 Boston Lawyers Have Heart 5K. Lanouette, who is returning for his second year as chairman, will continue to lead an annual campaign that has been instrumental in advancing cardiovascular […]
    • CBS Boston reports on new American Heart Association CPR guidelines
      CBS Boston medical reporter Dr. Mallika Marshall reported this month on the American Heart Association’s newly released CPR guidelines, which re-emphasize the importance of getting more bystanders to perform hands-only CPR until emergency workers arrive. The guidelines recommend people initiate CPR on a person with presumed cardiac arrest because […]
    • Boston ‘Stroke Ambassadors’ empower others to join the fight against stroke
      Ten local stroke survivors are boldly sharing their stories as part of the American Heart Association’s recently launched Stroke Ambassador program in Greater Boston. The 2021 class of Stroke Ambassadors aims to raise awareness of stroke warning signs, prevention and recovery. As volunteers for the American Heart Association and American Stroke […]
    • Ask What Matters?! supports ‘Life Is Why We Give’ campaign in Boston  
      BOSTON— Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. This year, the American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives, is teaming up with companies around the country to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give campaign.    Through Life Is Why We Give, companies including Ask What […]
    • American Heart Association to hold webinar focused on racial equity in Boston
      Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were often doomed to complete bed rest — or worse. But a handful of pioneering physicians believed it didn’t have to be that way. They founded the American Heart Association in 1924 and conducted studies in Boston to learn more about heart disease. Since that time, the […]
    • Statement: American Heart Association on the end of menthol tobacco sales in Massachusetts
      BOSTON – Oct. 9, 2020 – The following statement is from Allyson Perron Drag, government relations director for the American Heart Association in Massachusetts. By becoming the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, Massachusetts ensured we won’t lose a new generation of kids to nicotine. The data shows that […]
    • Boston Heart Walk bringing local companies together in friendly competition
      This year will be the biggest Boston Heart Walk yet. By moving the action online, the American Heart Association is going to bring the experience to participants wherever the are. This 2020 walk is going to touch more hearts, move more feet and raise more life-saving funds than ever before. Local companies are playing a big role in that. Companies from […]
    • Boston’s Go Red for Women chair shares stroke story to raise awareness
      Christina Crowley had been looking forward to the trip for months. New York City. Broadway. The theater. As she drove from her Shrewsbury, Mass., home through Connecticut with her daughter, they sang show tunes, laughed and chatted excitedly about the day ahead. The plan: Crowley’s sister and niece would meet them in New York. The group would catch a […]
    • Ampion supports ‘Life Is Why We Give’ campaign in Boston
      Ampion, a Boston-based solar energy company, is supporting the American Heart Association and their core work fighting heart disease and stroke while funding innovative research to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with cardiovascular disease through their Life Is Why We Give campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their […]
    • Boston Heart and Stroke Ball in 3 minutes: New video recaps 2020 virtual event
      Please enjoy this look back at the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, which was held virtually on May 29. Thank you to everyone who joined us to ensure the American Heart Association’s research and community efforts continue to save lives. https://youtu.be/GEg0an3WCTU […]
    • Transportation, nutrition programs big winners in Boston budget
      Boston’s recently passed budget includes several investments to address health equity in the city, including new bike lanes, reconstructed sidewalks and discounted fruits and vegetables for residents who receive government food assistance. These investments are just some of the initiatives the American Heart Association advocated for to improve the […]
    • Boston program helps new immigrants blend into their communities
      Geralde Gabeau has worked for over two decades advocating for and developing public health initiatives for immigrants, especially for women and children. But while working on her doctorate degree in strategic leadership several years ago, Gabeau learned something that moved her in a new direction and, in turn, is impacting the lives of thousands of […]
    • Are you a stroke survivor from Greater Boston? Share your story and become an AHA spokesperson
      Has anyone ever told you that your personal journey with stroke recovery is inspiring? Have you wanted to share your story to connect with others? If so, we need your help. The American Heart is Association is looking for Stroke Ambassadors from Greater Boston to share their stories of survival, inspire others and raise awareness about stroke warning […]
    • Boston ‘Go Red for Women’ to hold web series on South Asian health
      South Asians are underrepresented in studies of cardiovascular health, yet they face greater risks of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. To bring this community’s health to the forefront, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Boston launched a webinar series called A Conversation From the Heart. The […]
    • Boston Heart Ball chair honored as one of pharma’s top leaders
      Barry Greene, the president of Cambridge biotech company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and chairman of this year’s Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, is one of 40 leaders to be recognized with the 2020 Red Jacket Award by PharmaVOICE magazine. Since 2014, PharmaVOICE has recognized inspiring, innovative, collaborative, and transformative individuals in the […]
    • Helping feed hard-hit transgender communities in Massachusetts
      Transgender residents living in Massachusetts, particularly people of color, have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They face an unemployment rate more than three times the general population, homelessness and a lack of food, said Chastity Bowick, CEO of the Transgender Emergency Fund of Massachusetts. When Lawrence Vinson learned […]
    • American Heart Association names new president of Southern New England Board of Directors
      The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is pleased to announce that  Robert H. Schwengel, MD, FACC of Southcoast Health, has been appointed President of the Association’s Board of Directors in Southern New England. Serving for several […]
    • Map shows how drastically COVID-19 risk varies by Boston neighborhood
      TIME published a story this week looking at data that shows how drastically the risk of COVID-19 infection varies from neighborhood to neighborhood within Boston. Using data from the City Health Dashboard, a project run by New York University Langone Health, TIME mapped Boston and its neighbor across the Charles River, Cambridge, to illustrate how […]
    • Massachusetts Senate passes bill ensuring stroke patients are taken to best hospital, not closest
      BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate voted on Thursday to support a bill that would ensure stroke patients get the best treatment as quickly as possible. The bill, which passed in a 40-0 vote, would allow first responders to transport stroke patients to the facilities best-equipped to treat them, rather than the closest, ensuring they immediately get the […]
    • American Heart Association holds successful food drive at Greater Boston Chase branches
      The American Heart Association teamed up with JPMorgan Chase this summer and fall to provide healthy food to people in Greater Boston that need it most. Nineteen Chase branches throughout the region collected nonperishable, healthy food items that the American Heart Association is donating to organizations serving under-resourced communities in Boston. […]
    • Boston Heart Walk to be reimagined as weeklong digital experience
      The Boston Heart Walk is getting a new look. The annual American Heart Association campaign is being transformed this year into a weeklong, digital celebration of the work being funded to improve the health of Greater Boston. The newly reimagined Boston Heart Walk will be held the week of October 19 and feature fun, daily activities promoting exercise, […]
    • At Boston nonprofit fitness center, women find strength in numbers
      After more than a decade of driving a Boston city bus, Lorene Thomas was exhausted, overweight and depressed. “Sitting in that seat all the time, I gained weight and had high blood pressure,” Thomas said. The 64-year-old also felt traumatized after several scary incidents, including being threatened by a man with a knife. A visit four years […]
    • Telegram & Gazette: Massachusetts dispatchers to receive CPR training under proposed state bill
      A single piece of legislation, if passed, could save as many as 500 lives a year in Massachusetts, according to a UMass Memorial Medical Center doctor, reports the Telegram & Gazette in a story published on Tuesday. The Worcester-based newspaper interviewed Dr. Joseph Sabato, an emergency medicine physician and American Heart Association volunteer, […]
    • NBC10 Boston: Massachusetts 911 law could save hundreds of lives
      Rebecca Scott is alive today because of CPR. The Wellesley resident collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while playing tennis last year. Luckily, someone nearby by knew CPR and was able to keep Scott alive. Not everyone who goes into cardiac arrest in Massachusetts is as fortunate. That’s why the American Heart Association supports a bill that […]