Capital Region

    • Lawyer, Neurosurgeon head Capital Region NY board
      Albany, New York – Jennifer Corcoran Conway, a partner at Tully Rinckey LLC, has been named Chair of the Capital Region Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. Alan Boulos, M.D., Chair of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of the Neurosciences Institute and Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology at Albany Med, is its new president. Both […]
    • Protect your heart in the heat
      With the summer heat upon us, be sure to protect your heart in the heat. It’s important to know that extreme heat can be hard on the heart. As the temperature rises, so can your risk for suffering health issues like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors recommend using good judgment when it comes to activities outside in the heat, and that you stay […]
    • 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 […]
    • Governor’s budget needs to include ALL flavored tobacco products
      Gov. Cuomo’s call for ending the sale of flavored e-cigarettes doesn’t go far enough, according to the American Heart Association. “We need to protect the health of all New Yorkers by prohibiting the sale of all flavors in all tobacco products,” said Caitlin O’Brien, J.D., New York State Director of Government Affairs for the American Heart […]
    • Capital Region’s first Research Reception provides insight into the science behind the giving
      Stents. CPR. Clot-busting drugs. Those are just a few of the scientific advancements that were begun with research grants from the American Heart Association. On Friday, Nov. 15, four researchers funded by the American Heart Association shared a little bit about their projects, and offered a tour of the RNA Institute, where the Research Reception was […]
    • Public loses as Albany County Legislature defeats restriction on flavored tobacco
       The Albany County Legislature lost an opportunity to be a leader and prevent the current generation of youth from falling prey to the epidemic of e-cigarette use when it defeated Local Law E tonight. The measure failed with 18 “ayes,” 17 “nos” and an abstention. It needed 20 votes to pass. Local Law E would have restricted the sale of flavored tobacco […]
    • 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 […]
    • New York’s Governor Cuomo’s executive action doesn’t go far enough
      NEW YORK – The American Heart Association is very disappointed with the limited scope of the emergency executive action Gov. Cuomo took today, Sept. 15,  which would ban the sale of certain flavored e-cigarettes, and hopes that there is an opportunity to include all flavored tobacco products, including menthol combustible cigarettes. “This […]
    • Governor’s signature on T21 means a healthier New York
      Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature on the Tobacco 21 law today will help prevent a new generation from becoming hooked on tobacco products. The law makes 21 the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. “By making 21 the legal sales age to purchase tobacco products, it will drive down youth use rates by eliminating kids’ source […]
    • 2-time Capital Region Cancer Survivor Runs First 5K with the America Heart Association
      On May 16, Kelley Pike ran 5 kilometers for the first time in her life. “I tried not to cry when I finished that,” Pike, who has participated in the Healthy For Good 5K Training that is part of the 2019 Capital Region Heart Walk and Run, said. When Pike started the training program in March, she was having trouble getting out of bed. Pike had faced a […]
    • Retired library director, chief of cardiology part of 5K training program
      Everyone in the Healthy For Good 5K Training Program had their own reason for wanting to run the 5K in the Sunday, June 2, Capital Region Heart Walk and Run. Spouses Gail and Dr. Joe Sacco shared their thoughts about being part of the group. “I’ve always been active, but never considered myself athletic,” Gail Sacco, 65, retired director of the […]
    • Meet Our Capital Region Stroke Ambassador
      On April 21st, 2017, the sun rose, the coffee was brewed, and the shower was finished. It was a day like any other. As I stepped out of the shower and wiped the steam from the bathroom mirror, I noticed my left thumb felt numb and I felt a bit woozy. So I went to lie down on the bed and realized something was really wrong. I stood up to get the phone […]
    • Business Review, MicroKnowledge/ProKnowledge Leaders to Chair 2019 Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Kathleen Pingelski, president of MicroKnowledge and ProKnowledge, is the same age her father was when he had his first heart attack. Cindy Applebaum, market president and publisher of The Albany Business Review, lost her best friend at the age of 39 to a heart attack. These are the two main reasons that both women are chairing the 2019 Go Red for Women […]
    • Save the Date for the Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon!
      Save the date for the 2019 Westchester Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 31, 2019! We welcome 2019 Go Red For Women Chair: Judy Melillo Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation! For tickets, visit: http://westchestergored.heart.org […]
    • Tobacco 21 was part of the State of the State
       In today’s State of the State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaled an important step in the campaign to protect New York’s youth from the dangers of smoking and e-cigarette use. By raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, New York State can change the narrative pushed on youth by Big Tobacco. “Electronic cigarette […]
    • Fujifilm’s Judy Melillo to Lead Go Red For Women Campaign
      The American Heart Association announced the new chair for the 16th Annual Westchester Go Red For Women Luncheon set for Friday, May 31st at the Hilton Westchester.  Judy Melillo, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, will lead the Go Red campaign efforts to help raise awareness and funds to fight the […]
    • Seeking 12 Capital Region women to improve their heart health
      Jenniffer Snyder Wright remembers watching the 2016 BetterU class at that year’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, and telling her employer, Andrea Crisafulli, who had invited her to the Luncheon, that she needed to be part of the American Heart Association’s 12-week heart-health improvement program for women.   On Thursday, January 3, at CAP COM FEDERAL […]
    • American Heart Association introduces opioid education courses for healthcare providers and lay responders
      In a direct response to the ongoing national opioid crisis, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, will provide two courses to educate both lay responders and all levels of clinical healthcare providers and emergency responders on delivering immediate treatment and care […]
    • West Point’s Coach Jeff Monken Finalist in Bear Bryant Awards
      The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, announced the finalists for the 2019 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, sponsored by Marathon Oil Corporation. Representing the nation’s best in college football, these coaches will compete for the highly-coveted and final […]
    • American Heart’s CycleNation Returns Feb. 28
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) will hold their 2nd annual indoor cycling “CycleNation” event at Sportsplex Fitness in New Windsor on Thursday, February 28th. The goal of the event is to encourage Hudson Valley residents to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s […]
    • Westchester American Heart Launches Community Impact Committee
      The American Heart Association announced the launch of their Community Impact Committee which is goaled with building a culture of health in the Westchester community while improving cardiovascular health for all. The Community Impact Committee, or CIC, is a standing committee of the Westchester American Heart Regional Board and responsible for […]
    • Dining Out Doesn’t Mean Ditching Your Diet
      Dining out this holiday season? The American Heart Association offers these tips to help people make healthy choices, even when dining out. The Association’s “Healthy For Good” campaign encourages people to make the healthy choice the default choice for heart health. A nutritious diet including an abundance of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean […]
    • Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Tips
      Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love. Unfortunately, many of those foods are packed with fat, sodium, sugar and too many calories. The American Heart Association (AHA) offers these tips and healthy smart substitutions for your holiday meals to help keep health on the holiday menu. […]
    • MVP Leader, Albany Med Cardiothoracic Surgeon Lead Board
       Theresa Petrone Butts, Leader of IT Vendor and Budget Management at MVP Health Care, and Adanna Akujuo, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Albany Med, are leading the Capital Region Advisory Board for the next two years. Petrone Butts, who first joined the board in 2012, will be the chair of the board. […]
    • Essex County passes Tobacco 21
      Today, Sept. 4, the Essex County Board of Supervisors took an important step in protecting the youth of the county by raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. This is the first county in the North Country to pass the measure. The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society applauded the board’s action. Bob Elling, […]
    • Essex County residents, a letter for your legislator
      On Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., the Essex County Board of Supervisors will vote on Tobacco 21, a measure that would raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. If you live in Essex County, would you contact your legislator and ask them to pass this measure? We’ve provided a letter you can adapt, as well as a link that will give […]
    • Essex County could be the next to pass Tobacco 21
      The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association are urging the Essex County Board of Supervisors to be the next county in New York to pass Tobacco 21, which would raise the minimum legal sales age to 21, thus protecting the North Country’s youth from the extreme dangers of smoking. The Board of Supervisors […]
    • Albany Med Stroke Coordinator Supports CycleNation
      Adrienne Weitzel, RN, MSN, Stroke Coordinator at Albany Med, shares her reason for being part of #CycleNation in the Capital Region.  Our Community is Why….. Caring for stroke patients truly takes a team approach to ensure our patients in our communities receive the optimal stroke care from recognition of stroke like symptoms to discharge.  As the […]
    • Let Essex County legislators know you want Tobacco 21!
      Our Government Relations Director Caitlin O’Brien has an update from Essex County, where the board of supervisors will vote again on Tobacco 21 on Sept. 4. Will you help? The list of legislators to contact is at the bottom of Caitlin’s update.  The American Heart Association is thrilled to see Tobacco 21 getting a second chance in Essex […]
    • First CycleNation event hits the Capital Region
      The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, will host the Capital Region’s first CycleNation event at Brown’s Revolution Hall, 425 River St., Troy, on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature 50 […]
    • Cardiac Kid throws out first pitch at Valley Cats game
       There will be a group of special heroes among all the superheroes at Thursday’s Valley Cats game. Thirteen of the American Heart Association’s Cardiac Kids – children born with congenital heart defects – will be sporting their red capes at the game. One of them, Connor Daddario, 2, of Niskayuna, will throw out the first pitch at 6:45 p.m. A blip on an […]
    • Update From Albany: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
      Caitlin O’Brien, our government relations director in New York State, sums up our activities from the recently concluded legislative session – and gives us a forecast of what’s to come.  New York’s Legislative Session came to an anti-climactic end on June 20th. With continued political turmoil in the Senate stemming from an even […]
    • State’s Inaction is Very Disappointing
       The state Legislature left Albany without listening to the will of the people, and left a measure to reduce the risk of death and disease on the table. “We are so disappointed in our elected representatives that they didn’t pass Tobacco 21,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York state government relations director for the American Heart Association. “More […]
    • Albany County Executive Signs Legislation Banning Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
      Very good news in Albany County today! Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today signed Local Law A, which bans the sale of tobacco and other nicotine products in pharmacies and stores containing pharmacies throughout Albany County. County Executive McCoy held a public hearing on the measure after the bill was adopted by the Albany County […]
    • Jeanne Walsh takes the reins in Albany office of the Heart Association
      After 28 years with the American Cancer Society, something she never expected happened to Jeanne Walsh: she was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. That was in February 2017, and required two surgeries, and treatments from May till the end of July, not in her Capital Region home, but in Boston. […]
    • Update From Albany: Despite uncertainties, let’s continue the push for Tobacco 21
      Our New York State Government Relations Director Caitlin O’Brien has a June Update From Albany. With only a few weeks left of this year’s legislative session, the fate of Tobacco 21 remains uncertain. Due to continued political turmoil regarding control of the Senate, and the recent return to Naval duty by Republican Senator Tom Croci, nobody […]
    • Still thinking red!
      We had such a great day at the 2018 Go Red for Women Luncheon! Take a look at the great photos that ran in the Times Union. https://www.timesunion.com/photogallery/article/SEEN-Go-Red-for-Women-luncheon-2018-12943202.php […]
    • Albany County Legislature bans tobacco sales in pharmacies
      The American Heart Association applauds the Albany County Legislature tonight, as it voted to ban the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. The county Legislature approved Local Law A 26 – 11, with one abstention. “This is a great step forward for the health of Albany County residents,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York state government relations […]
    • THIS WEEK, Tobacco 21 was a priority for American Heart Association, American Lung Association and New York State Public Health advocates as they gathered at the Capitol
        THIS WEEK, Tobacco 21 was a priority for American Heart Association, American Lung Association and New York State Public Health advocates as they gathered at the Capitol Cardiologist, former smoker, teen among the 50 volunteers, who asked their legislators to protect the state’s youth by raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco to […]
    • Update From Albany: Changes, Lobby Day Approaches
      With the American Heart Association’s Tobacco 21 lobby day set for May 8, a strong show of support will go a long way. Help us protect the health of our youth by letting elected officials know that you support raising the minimum legal sales age of tobacco products to 21. You may have heard about the political unrest currently going on in the New York […]
    • The Red Couch Tour arrives at the Y on April 24
      The third stop of the Red Couch Tour is almost here! On Tuesday, April 24, at the Southern Saratoga Y, you can join host Leigh Hornbeck of the Times Union on the red couch presented by the American Heart Association and Ellis Medicine, and share your story of how heart disease and stroke has affected you. The Heart Association and Ellis invite […]
    • Two survivors chair Go Red for Women Luncheon
      On a Thursday evening in March 2015, Dr. Joy Lucas, owner of Upstate Animal Medical Center in Saratoga Springs, didn’t feel right. But she kept on about her business, working 12-hour days, taking her four-mile runs, and doing her intense workouts at the gym. The following Tuesday, after her chiropractor made her promise to go to the emergency […]
    • Heart Advocacy Update from Albany
      Update from Caitlin O’Brien, NYS American Heart Association Government Relations Director With New York State finalizing the State budget this past weekend, the Heart Association scored some great public health wins. With the Governor threatening to cut millions of dollars in funding to crucial public health programs, AHA staff and advocates […]
    • Update From Albany
      Caitlin O’Brien, the Heart Association’s government relations director, brings us an Update From Albany. With New York State finalizing the state budget this past weekend, the Heart Association scored some great public health wins. With the Governor threatening to cut millions of dollars in funding to crucial public health programs, AHA […]
    • Albany Update-The NYS Budget – The Good, The Bad and How You Can Help
      Caitlin O’Brien, the government relations director for New York, brings us an update on the New York state budget, and how it affects the policies and programs we need to help all New Yorkers fight heart disease and stroke. The Assembly and Senate have proposed their one-house budget bills which lay out the policies and legislation they hope to see […]
    • The New York State Budget: The Good, The Bad, and How You Can Help
        Caitlin O’Brien, the government relations director for New York, brings us an update on the New York state budget, and how it affects the policies and programs we need to help all New Yorkers fight heart disease and stroke. The Assembly and Senate have proposed their one-house budget bills which lay out the policies and legislation they hope to […]
    • Mission: Lifeline work earns Donald Led Duke Heart Hero award for two doctors
      Getting the most appropriate care in the quickest manner to a patient suffering the most severe kind of heart attack, a STEMI, is the goal of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program. For the past two years, Edward Philbin III, MD, the George E. Pataki Chair of the Division of Cardiology at Albany Med, and Michael Dailey, MD, Chief of […]
    • Retired Navy pilot to share his story at the Heart Ball
      Robert “Henna” Hanrahan had one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He was a Navy pilot for 10 years, and stayed in the Reserves after leaving the Navy. He flew a helicopter for the New York state Department of Conservation, which then merged with the State Police. It wasn’t this dangerous job that threatened Henna’s life, but his heart. Henna was […]
    • Three hospital leaders to co-chair 2018 Capital Region Heart Ball
      Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans. Yet, both diseases can be largely prevented, and every year, thanks to scientific advances brought about by research, treatment improves. To continue that good work, leaders from Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital and Columbia Memorial Health have come together to lead the fight […]
    • Valentine’s Day Rally Urges Legislature To Maintain Public Health Programs
      The state’s Asthma Program. Funding to fight high blood pressure. The Obesity and Diabetes Program. The Physically Handicapped Children’s program. Maternal and child health programs. Those are just some of the programs that could suffer under the proposed executive budget, which calls for a consolidation of public health spending, and a 20 percent […]
    • Caitlin O’Brien joins AHA as government relations director
       The American Heart Association is proud to announce that Caitlin O’Brien has joined its staff as the government relations director for New York. O’Brien will work with volunteers and advocates to enact legislation that will improve the cardiovascular health of all New Yorkers. O’Brien, 26, grew up in Vestal, Broome County. Caitlin’s father, James […]
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      For the past seven years, 10 to 12 women have come together for 12 weeks to improve their heart health. They’ve lowered their blood pressure, gone off insulin, come to love planks, lost inches and pounds, and gained newfound confidence and strength. TODAY, MONDAY, JAN. 8, at 11 A.M. AT CAP COM FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, 4 WINNERS CIRCLE, ALBANY, the […]
    • Gov. Cuomo says health care isn’t just for the rich
      New York Gov. Cuomo hit the nail on the head when he said during today’s State of the State that health care isn’t just for the rich. “The American Heart Association is committed to making sure everyone receives quality health care, and we applaud Gov. Cuomo for stating that New York will continue to provide great health care,” said Caitlin O’Brien, […]
    • Be careful shoveling!
      The American Heart Association says that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, stating that the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. People who are outdoors […]
    • 30 years of Jump Rope for Heart
         Albany, June 22, 2017 – Thirty years ago, Leslie Bogucki began teaching Jump Rope for Heart as part of her P.E. curriculum. TODAY, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, at 9 a.m. at Albany School of Humanities, 108 Whitehall Road, Albany, The American Heart Association and the City School District of Albany honored her  for 30 years of teaching Jump Rope […]
    • State Assembly Health Committee’s Passage of Tobacco 21 Could Save Lives, Money
      Public health groups call on full Assembly and Senate to pass ‘T21’ before the session ends  Today’s passage of Tobacco 21 (A273) in the state Assembly’s Health Committee was a positive step forward in preventing New York’s youth from becoming addicted to tobacco, the No. 1 preventable cause of death in New York and a leading risk factor for heart […]
    • AHA, health groups call on NY Legislature to pick a side
         Will Legislators pick the side of Public Health or Tobacco and E-cigarette Interests?  With the clock ticking on the New York State legislative session, groups representing children, public health organizations and medical professionals have joined forces to kick off a campaign calling on both houses of the state legislature to “Pick a Side” on the […]
    • American Heart Association Advocates Meet With Lawmakers Today
      They come from different parts of the state, and they’ll all be dressed in red. Advocates with the American Heart Association will hit the halls of the Capitol buildings today, MONDAY, MAY 1, to ask their representatives to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. “Smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. […]
    • Adult Survivor of Congenital Heart Disease Speaks With Cardiac Kids
      When Deborah Flaherty-Kizer was born nearly 60 years ago, her parents were told, “Your baby might not live.” She was blue and only weighed 4 pounds. After her admission to the US Naval Academy was rescinded due to a “heart issue,” she was diagnosed with Ebstein’s Anomaly. She had her first open-heart surgery two years ago. On Saturday, April 29, Deb […]
    • MVP CEO to chair Capital Region Heart Walk & Run
      Fighting heart disease and stroke has added a new component in 2017: a 5-kilometer run as part of the American Heart Association’s largest fundraising event, the Capital Region Heart Walk and Run. “I’m honored to chair the 2017 Capital Region Heart Run and Walk, and excited that, for the first time, the event will feature a 5K,” said Denise Gonick, […]
    • Woman’s Day Editor in Chief to give keynote address at Go Red for Women Luncheon
      The American Hearst Association announced today that Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer will give the keynote address at the 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon, the 13th annual gathering of Capital Region women committed to fighting the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease. The luncheon will be held Thursday, May 25, at the Albany Marriott. As […]
    • Keep the funding for public health programs!
      PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY, MARCH 30! The state Legislature is talking about cutting state funding for public health programs by 20% as part of a state budget deal. We can’t jeopardize important hypertension, obesity prevention and other chronic and infectious disease prevention efforts for underserved New Yorkers. Please call the leaders of the […]
    • Empire State Trail would provide health, economic benefits
      National outdoor co-op REI, the American Heart Association, and the Healthcare Association of New York together announced their support today for the Empire State Trail, a proposal in Governor Cuomo’s executive budget to complete the nation’s longest multi-use trail in the next three years. The trail will serve as a “spine” connecting multi-use trail […]
    • The Red Couch Tour Launches in the Capital District
      What’s more heart-warming than settling in to a comfy couch for a cozy chat with a good friend? How about something potentially lifesaving? That’s what the Red Couch Tour, presented by the American Heart Association and Ellis Medicine, is – a potential lifesaver. The Red Couch Tour launched today, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. in Robb Alley at the […]
    • American Heart Association, Albany Medical Center are working together to improve the heart health of the Capital Region
      The American Heart Association today proudly announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Albany Medical Center aimed at improving the heart health of the Capital Region. During 2017, Albany Med will join forces with the American Heart Association to promote “Life is Why,” the Heart Association’s national campaign designed to help individuals make […]
    • Thrust into the world of congenital heart disease
      Shannon James shares her experiences as the mother of a child born with a congenital heart defect. It was a July night eight and a half years ago, that my husband and I were thrust into the world of congenital heart disease. I had just given birth to our first born, a little boy named Jack. We spent those first few hours getting to know him and sharing […]
    • It was time to climb the mountain before me
      The Heart Princess of the 2016 Capital Region Heart Walk, Eliana, was born in the fall of 2008. Here’s her story, told from her perspective. I had been growing in my mommy’s tummy just fine until I was 20 weeks gestation when all of a sudden my mom had to keep going for ultrasound appointments. The doctors could see something was wrong with my heart […]
    • He loves helping others
      Patrick was born prematurely at 32 weeks. We were told he would just need to learn to eat and breathe on his own and then he could go home. Two days later the news came that they heard something abnormal and called in the cardiologist. At that time the nurse said we would need to meet with them in the morning to discuss what they found. Three hours […]
    • I remember everything
      My mom has told me about what I was like when I was born. I was born with a heart defect where I had a large hole in my heart and both my main arteries pumped blood from the same chamber.  This means my oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood would get all mixed together and my heart had to work really hard to get enough oxygen to the rest of my body.  My […]
    • Her family thought she looked blue
      Hi, my name is Grace Green. I’m 14, from Latham, and I was born with a congenital heart defect.   My heart defect is called “TOF” – Tetralogy of Fallot – which none of my family knew about until 2 weeks after I was born. My memaw thought I was breathing funny which at first they thought was just a heart murmur. I would turn blue […]
    • Our Son Ryan Is Why
      On Day Two of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, Bill and Amy Galvin share some thoughts about their son Ryan. Ryan was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect even before he was born. Through the research the AHA has funded over the years, Ryan’s doctors have the expertise to have been able to provide an early diagnosis that has helped […]
    • My Son – My Hero
      Jennifer Corcoran Conway shares her story of being the mother of a child born with a congenital heart defect, 5-year-old Aedan. Your baby has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and if he doesn’t have open heart surgery in his first week of life, he will die.   These are the words that stopped my world spinning on its axis […]
    • Three hospital executives receive Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award
      The American Heart Association announces that Steven Frisch, M.D., senior executive vice president for the Integrated Delivery System at Albany Medical Center; Angelo Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital; and Jay Cahalan, president and CEO of Columbia Memorial Health, will receive the Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award at the Capital Region […]
    • Saratoga Veterinarian had a 10 percent chance of survival
      On a Thursday – six days before she had open heart surgery – Joy Lucas, DVM, owner of Upstate Animal Medical Center, reached down to open a drawer and felt a circular pressure in the middle of her back. “It felt like a stuck vitamin,” Lucas said. Until a chiropractor visit the following Tuesday, she continued her regular routine. For Dr. […]
    • Jennifer and Dan Pickett to co-chair 2017 Capital Region Heart Ball
        As chairs of the Capital Region Heart Ball on Feb. 25, Jennifer and Dan Pickett, CEO of nfrastructure, are bringing together organizations and businesses to help improve the health of Capital Region residents.  “The American Heart Association is one of the most impactful of its type in our community,” Dan Pickett said. “One of the foci of the […]
    • Special words for the women out there
      Our BetterU sponsor CAP COM Federal Credit Union has some tips to help women get through the holiday season. As we all race through these days of holiday preparation and celebration, I know that your own needs are the last thing on your mind. Taking care of others (and everything else) is what we ladies do. So, I’m not even going to try and tell you to […]
    • Petrone, Slocum to chair Go Red for Women Luncheon
      CAP COM, Peak Residential Executives to Chair 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon Theresa Petrone was an overweight child. Leah Slocum’s half-sister had a stroke at the age of 34. The two women have teamed up to help raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases – and ways to prevent them – and will chair the 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon. The Luncheon is […]
    • American Heart Association seeks Healthy Vending Legislation in New York
      Today, Nov. 2,  is National Eating Healthy Day and the American Heart Association wants lawmakers to help fight the current obesity epidemic in New York State by passing Healthy Vending legislation. The New York State Healthy Vending Act, sponsored by state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-The Bronx, would require vending machines in all state-owned or […]
    • Kathy Lanni, Dr. Mandeep Sidhu to lead board
      Kathy Lanni’s daughter Erin received a pacemaker when she was 18. After Erin shared her story at a Go Red for Women Luncheon in 2008, Lanni, Chief Community Officer at SEFCU, became involved with the American Heart Association. Dr. Mandeep Sidhu, FAHA, cardiologist and assistant dean for medical education and student research at Albany Medical Center, […]
    • 2016 Heart Walk Chair looks back – and ahead
      Karen Magee, president of NYSUT, chaired the 2016 Capital Region Heart Walk. She took some time to look back at the year, and is this week’s guest blogger. My dad is my “why,” I said as I began the year. My dad, who lost his lifelong battle with heart disease just a few short years ago, who was and is my inspiration, was the reason I agreed […]
    • Stay safe in the heat
      The only cooling showers for the next few days will be the Perseids meteor showers at night. If you’re outside during the day, though, it’s important to stay safe. Infants, young children, heart patients, those older than 50 or people who are overweight are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. Certain medications or illnesses can also raise the […]
    • Schenectady County voted for good health by passing ‘Tobacco 21’
      By prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, the Schenectady County Legislature has acted to save lives and improve the health of county residents. Passage of Bill A-16 on Tuesday, Aug. 9, will help fight chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and all forms of cancer – and sends a powerful message to […]
    • Young Professionals to Lead Circle of Red
      They both work in fields where they see firsthand the health of Capital Region residents – and they want to take steps to help improve it. To do that, Sarah Baluch and Jennifer Page have stepped forward to lead the Circle of Red. The Circle of Red is a group of women who support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement at a […]
    • Dr. Mookherjee named to Founders Affiliate Board
      Dr. Suzie Mookherjee has been the keynote speaker at several Go Red for Women Luncheons across New York; served as an American Heart Association spokeswoman at public events and in local media; and served on the Capital Region Advisory board of the American Heart Association for six years, most recently as president of the board for two years. On July […]
    • Class of 2016 First to Graduate with CPR Requirement
      New York’s Class of 2016 First to Graduate with Lifesaving CPR Skills High school seniors all across New York will don their caps and gowns, adjust their tassels to the fore, and snap smiling selfies with family and friends. After marching down the aisle to receive their diplomas, they’ll march off into the world well-prepared, a new generation of […]
    • NYSUT President Chairs June 11 Heart Walk
      Karen Magee was a teenager when her father had his first heart attack. He was only 37. On Saturday, June 11, the NYSUT president will honor her father when she leads the Capital Region Heart Walk at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. She’ll also be working to build a better future for generations to come – of the utmost important to her as a teacher. “I […]
    • Why we need stroke designation legislation in New York
      Advocates from across New York visited Albany in May to ask their legislators to pass S5771/A7410. Please ask your legislator to pass this law! Our volunteers created an amazing video to tell you why we need this legislation. #NYTimeIsBrain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0YWOLMp6wU […]
    • Hoping for a Yes Vote at Albany County tonight
      Advocates with the American Heart Association, dressed in red, will be at the Albany County Legislature’s meeting tonight, Monday, May 9, to make comments at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting begins at the Albany County Courthouse, 16 Lodge St., Albany. Along with the American Lung Association and other public health groups, they are supporting Local Law C, […]
    • Raise the age to buy tobacco to 21
      The American Heart Association and the American Lung Association look forward to  the day when the age to purchase tobacco goes to 21 in Albany County. “We are very happy that Local Law C, which would prohibit the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, liquid nicotine, or electronic cigarettes to minors and young adults, passed the Albany County health […]
    • Go Red for Women Pioneer Is Keynote Speaker at 2016 Go Red Luncheon
      Go Red for Women Pioneer to Give Keynote Address at Go Red for Women Luncheon In 2000, when the American Heart Association wanted to begin changing the way women and heart disease were perceived and treated, one of the women they turned to was Dr. Annabelle Volgman, today the medical director of the Rush Heart Center for Women in Chicago. She is also […]
    • Price Chopper donates $39, 412.99 to American Heart Association
        An effort with heart has resulted in a significant contribution to the American Heart Association from Price Chopper/Market 32. During February, American Heart Month, all 135 Price Chopper Supermarkets and Market 32 stores conducted a Round Up Your Change campaign, rounding up the total grocery bill of participating customers to the next nearest […]
    • Hillenbrandt, Crisafulli Russo co-chair Go Red for Women Luncheon
      Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Carrie Hillenbrandt to chair 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon 12th annual American Heart Association event will improve the heart health of Capital Region women They work in fields predominantly staffed by men, but their focus this spring is on women and their heart health. Carrie Hillenbrandt, director of sales and marketing for […]
    • Capital Region walks!
                          The chilly weather and lingering snow didn’t stop the Capital Region from celebrating National Walking Day. In Albany’s South End, New York state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, Albany County’s Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth […]
    • Happy Doctors Day!
      Happy Doctors Day! We are fortunate to have three extraordinary cardiologists on the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association! Thank you for all you do. […]
    • 2016 Capital Region BetterU launches
      You can’t change your genetic background, but you can change your lifestyle to fight heart disease and stroke. That’s just what 11 women began to do on Tuesday, March 1, at the American Heart Association, as they begin their 12-week journey into better heart health with the kickoff of the BetterU Makeover Challenge.    This is the sixth year that the […]
    • Heart Association, health coalition call for state funding for healthy food
      Health organizations and partners call for improved access to healthy food for kids and families Nearly 3 million New Yorkers live in lower-income communities with limited healthy food options The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Food Industry Alliance, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the Alliance of New York […]
    • CDPHP president and CEO to chair 2016 Heart Ball
      You don’t have to go too far to find someone who lives with heart disease or stroke. Although they are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans, the Capital Region has a long history of great care for these diseases – which means more people are living longer and healthier lives. Dr. John Bennett, president and CEO of CDPHP®, will share some of the […]
    • Governor, help make healthy food available throughout NY!
      American Heart Association hopes Gov. Cuomo will work to prevent heart disease and stroke  In his State of the State tribute to his father, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the best reason to fund programs that will improve the heart and stroke care of all New Yorkers: “Life is a Precious Gift.” “The American Heart Association’s motto is ‘Life is Why,’” said Bob […]