• 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 I’m calling on our state lawmakers to schedule a […]
    • 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. 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. […]
    • 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 aim 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. […]
    • 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 […]
    • Boston Social Impact Fund recipient profiled on Channel 5
      A Boston-based organization – financially supported by the American Heart Association – that helps dads overcome obstacles like jail sentences, addiction issues and financial strains was featured on WCVB Channel 5 this week. Started by Charles Daniels in 2011, Fathers’ Uplift is Boston’s first outpatient mental health center for fathers and […]
    • American Heart Association launches EmPOWERED to Serve in Boston
      An American Heart Association program that seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the gap in health disparities in multicultural communities kicked off in Boston on Thursday. As part of the EmPOWERED to Serve program, the American Heart Association recruited local health ambassadors to help spread awareness about heart disease, stroke and the […]
    • Boston Doctors: Mass. needs law ensuring stroke patients are taken to best hospital, not closest
      Two Boston stroke doctors are urging Massachusetts lawmakers to support a bill that would ensure stroke patients get the best treatment as quickly as possible. In Massachusetts, first responders are required by law to take stroke patients to the closest hospital, regardless of the stroke’s severity. Unfortunately, the closest hospital may not be […]
    • UMass doctor champions telephone CPR bill in Commonwealth Magazine op-ed
      Commonwealth Magazine published an op-ed by Dr. Joseph Sabato Jr. this week urging the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a bill requiring 911 operators to be trained in how to deliver CPR instructions over the phone. The legislation, which is supported by the American Heart Association, could improve the outcomes of people who experience cardiac arrest […]
    • Channel 5 spotlights Social Impact Fund investments in Boston
      WCVB Channel 5 aired a story on Tuesday night about the American Heart Association Social Impact Fund’s investments in Boston. In Boston, vulnerable communities like Roxbury, Mattapan and Dorchester, are at greater risk for financial hardship, hunger and poor health. In areas of Roxbury, residents live to just 59, on average. Just a few miles […]
    • Parents of Massachusetts child who survived cardiac arrest urge lawmakers to support telephone CPR bill
      Sudden cardiac death can happen at any place and at any time. During these moments, performing CPR is key to survival. One way to ensure that more people receive CPR is to teach 911 operators how to provide CPR instructions over the phone. This is proven to save lives, but only a handful of states require it. Massachusetts isn’t one of these states. […]
    • Lawyers Have Heart team interviewed on Boston podcast
      The team behind Boston’s Lawyers Have Heart 5K was interviewed by David Yas on the latest episode of The Boston Podcast. This year’s 5K is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By registering, runners are committing to run or walk 3.1 miles on Friday, June 12 — wherever they may be — to help fight heart disease and stroke. The […]
    • Massachusetts author to lead mindfulness webinars focused on health and well-being
      Practicing mindfulness and meditation may help you manage stress and high blood pressure, sleep better, feel more balanced and connected, and even lower your risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association wants to help you let go of stress and feel more calm and peaceful by offering three, free webinars in June designed to teach methods for […]
    • 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, […]
    • Massachusetts to end sale of menthol cigarettes, tobacco products on June 1
      Law will prevent Big Tobacco from targeting kids and minorities in underserved communities BOSTON, May 30, 2020 – On June 1, Massachusetts will take a bold step in protecting future generations from a lifetime of deadly tobacco addiction, when it becomes the first state in the nation to remove harmful menthol, mint and wintergreen tobacco products from […]
    • 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, […]
    • Dr. Ami Bhatt: Massachusetts is saving lives with telemedicine
      The following is a guest commentary written by Dr. Ami Bhatt, director of outpatient cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bhatt is also the chairwoman of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Boston. Massachusetts is protecting its citizens by extending the timeline for […]
    • Ensure all Massachusetts families have access to healthy foods
      Across Massachusetts, families and individuals are struggling with food insecurity. We know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help alleviate this issue by enabling participants to stretch their food dollars and purchase healthier foods. We want to thank the state Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker for prioritizing funding for […]
    • Central MA Heart & Stroke Walk goes virtual, two local community members to receive awards
      With the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeping more Americans at home, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, is embracing the new normal and moving its iconic Heart Walk online.   On June 20th, Heart Walk participants and teams will not physically meet but are invited […]
    • 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 […]
    • Boston Medical Center mobilizes stroke care amid COVID-19
      From the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Boston, stroke experts Dr. Gioacchino Curiale and Dr. Thanh Nguyen have witnessed the power of partnership. “Whether it is a parent homeschooling their child, an EMT responding to a 911 call, a nurse caring for patients at the bedside, or someone observing the social distancing guidelines, everyone […]
    • Boston cardiologist talks to NBC News about rare syndrome impacting children with COVID-19
      Recent reports of children experiencing Kawasaki disease, possibly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, are raising concerns among patients and pediatricians. Most children with COVID-19 are asymptomatic or exhibit only mild symptoms. However, in the past two months, first in Europe, and more recently in the U.S., a small number of children developed a more […]
    • Massachusetts researchers awarded funding to study effects of COVID-19
      Researchers from three Massachusetts hospitals are among those to have been awarded $1.2 million in grants by the American Heart Association to study the effects of COVID-19. The American Heart Association awarded grants to teams at 12 institutions across the United States. The announcement comes less than a month after the Association issued a rapid […]
    • Mass. biotech leader sets sights on a healthier Boston
      Barry Greene has a knack for seeing the big picture. When he agreed to chair the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, he saw it not just as one night of fundraising for the American Heart Association, but as part of a broader mission. “We wanted [the ball] to be one component of our efforts, but not the only component,” said Greene, who is president of […]
    • After heart failure sidelined his basketball career, Boston man makes off-court comeback
      On the basketball court George Boakye-Yiadom was a force. Standing 6 feet, 7 inches and weighing 250 pounds, he was an imposing presence to the teams he faced on a nightly basis. He was big, yet quick; strong, yet agile. The quintessential power forward. Then, in 2015, Boakye-Yiadom met an opponent that was too much – even for him. It started as a pain […]
    • Massachusetts: List of events going virtual
      Boston Silent Auction Bid on dozens of fabulous items to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Date: Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m., to Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Website: Boston Heart and Stroke Ball Heart and Stroke Ball guests will be encouraged to dress in evening attire, toast milestones in […]
    • American Heart Association outlines response to COVID-19 in Boston
      To minimize COVID-19’s impact on the public health of Greater Boston, the American Heart Association has activated its full organizational strength to combat the spread of the virus and address the vulnerability of heart and stroke patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and underserved populations. Here are some areas we’re focusing on. […]
    • Boston University scientist to lead team investigating effects of vaping
      Researchers at Boston University will study the health effects of e-cigarettes and nicotine on youth and help develop vaping cessation programs after receiving funding from the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association announced nearly $17 million in grants on April 21 as part of its ENACT: End Nicotine Addiction in Children and Teens […]
    • Kendra Scott supports lifesaving mission in Boston through Life Is Why We Give campaign
      Every 40 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke or a heart attack. The American Heart Association is teaming up with Kendra Scott to change these outcomes through the Life Is Why We Give campaign. Life Is Why We Give inspires consumers to honor their reasons to live healthier, longer lives – by giving. Through this campaign, Kendra Scott […]
    • Massachusetts residents: Ask your lawmakers to prevent death and disability from stroke
      The cornavirus crisis has exposed gaps in the treatment of stroke patients in Massachusetts. The health care system is straining right now. Unfortunately, strokes continue to happen. Stroke kills 2,370 people in Massachusetts per year and leaves many more with long-term disabilities. Stroke victims need the best care possible. In Massachusetts, first […]
    • Boston Globe: Coronavirus cuts devastating swath through black America
      The coronavirus should have everyone’s attention by now, health experts say. And people with heart disease have extra reasons to be alert. For those with underlying heart issues, the concerns are serious. It appears people over 65 with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected and to develop more severe symptoms. As a […]
    • Boston ‘steps up’ virtual engagement with Amazon
      When the Boston Heart Walk team received word Amazon would soon require employees to work from home, they quickly mobilized and created a new activity to engage this new group of remote workers in the American Heart Association’s mission. Under the leadership of Carleen Tucker, development director, the team pivoted from a traditional Heart Walk […]
    • Boston Heart Walk launches bingo game to keep walkers healthy at home
      During this time of social distancing, the Boston Heart Walk wants to stay connected with you. Help us kick off the 2020 Boston Heart Walk campaign with Heart at Home Bingo. The first person to complete the entire board will win a Heart Walk swag bag. The first ten people to complete two bingo rows, columns or diagonals will win a healthy living prize. […]
    • Boston’s silent auction going virtual
      The American Heart Association’s 4th annual Boston Silent Auction is going virtual this year! We are committed to continuing the work to achieve our mission during this time, as heart disease and stroke continue to be our No. 1 and No. 2 global killers. The funds we raise at this year’s silent auction are critical to our urgent mission: to be a […]
    • Best way to end Boston homelessness and its health impact? Prevent evictions
      The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions. HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place. Living in an unstable housing environment can have a devastating impact on health. […]
    • Outstanding volunteers recognized at Central MA Heart and Stroke Ball
      The 2020 Central Massachusetts Heart and Stroke Ball was held on Saturday, February 29 at Mechanics Hall as a celebration of the mission, passion, work, and life-saving achievements of the American Heart Association. The Association recognized its remarkable community of volunteer advocates, champions and leaders at this event which was attended by […]
    • Boston cardiologist to be honored by American Heart Association
      BOSTON – Dr. Peter Libby will receive the Paul Dudley White Award at the 2020 Boston Heart and Stroke Ball, the American Heart Association announced Thursday. 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 […]
    • Boston social entrepreneurs receive funding to break down health barriers
      The American Heart Association is making six new investments in Boston organizations committed to breaking down social and economic barriers that prevent people from living healthy lives. Currently operating in Chicago, Boston and Flint, Michigan, the Association’s Social Impact Fund empowers communities with localized resources to change their own […]
    • Massachusetts Lobby Day canceled amid coronavirus concerns
      The American Heart Association’s Massachusetts Lobby Day, planned for Wednesday, March 18, at the State House, has been canceled. As a science-based organization which cares deeply about the health of our communities, the American Heart Association has been closely following the guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials on the […]
    • When Massachusetts woman collapsed in her office, co-workers kept her alive. Now, she advocates for CPR training and AED access
      Ashley Lucchese usually worked at home on Fridays, but on March 10, 2017, she went to the office. She’d only sat down at her desk for a moment when she told a co-worker she felt dizzy. Then she collapsed to the floor. When Lucchese’s co-worker screamed for help, a manager ran in and started CPR. Lucchese was in cardiac arrest. Luckily, her co-workers […]
    • Passionate about the health of Greater Boston? Here’s a chance to get involved
      Make a difference in the health of Greater Boston! The American Heart Association needs ambassadors with creative, generous mindsets and leadership skills to help spread awareness about heart disease, stroke and the importance of a healthy lifestyle in Greater Boston. We’re making progress but still have much to do. Millions of people live without […]
    • Massachusetts AG files suit against Juul over youth ‘vaping epidemic’
      BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts sued electronic cigarette giant Juul Labs Inc. on Wednesday, accusing the company of deliberating targeting young people through its marketing campaigns. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker is responsible for “creating a youth vaping epidemic” with deceptive […]
    • Massachusetts ‘wears red’ for heart health
      On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. We call it National Wear Red Day. Here are some highlights from Massachusetts, featuring local news anchors, businesses, and volunteers who joined millions of people on Feb. 7 for a common goal: the […]
    • STEM Goes Red inspires Boston students
      STEM Goes Red is a day-long event held by the American Heart Association to inspire 7th grade girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math outside of the classroom, while embracing being heart healthy. Our most recent Boston event, which was held on Nov. 19 at UMass Boston, featured interactive breakout sessions, an empowering keynote and […]
    • These Boston doctors want to write ‘farmacy’ prescriptions
      Doctors are used to writing prescriptions for medicine. But three Boston-area cardiologists are working on a federal program that would focus on writing prescriptions for food. Varanda, which stands for Veterans Administration Repurposing Agriculture for Nutrition and Diet Awareness, would create a network of sustainable food gardens at veterans […]