hidden Transportation, nutrition programs big winners in Boston budget

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 health of the city’s 700,000 residents

hidden Massachusetts Senate passes bill ensuring stroke patients are taken to best hospital, not closest

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

hidden Telegram & Gazette: Massachusetts dispatchers to receive CPR training under proposed state bill

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, who argued

hidden American Heart Association Advocates Affect Sustainable Change for the Health of All Virginians

American Heart Association Advocates Affect Sustainable Change for the Health of All Virginians

Because of the dedication of AHA supporters and volunteers statewide, it was a landmark year of public policy achievements for cardiovascular health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These successes demonstrate that constituents have the power to make significant change when they join in the fight against heart disease and stroke. “As a stroke survivor and

hidden F.A.S.T. Friday – Survivor Spotlight

F.A.S.T. Friday – Survivor Spotlight

My name is Olivia Richardson and I am a two-time stroke survivor, former LVAD patient, and heart-transplant recipient. I was first diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had my first stroke at the age of 25. This was a shock to me because I had always been an athlete and been healthy all my life. After my

hidden Massachusetts residents: Ask your lawmakers to prevent death and disability from stroke

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 responders are required

hidden Maryland General Assembly Makes the Health of All Marylanders a Priority Raises Tobacco  Tax, Funds Tobacco Control

Maryland General Assembly Makes the Health of All Marylanders a Priority Raises Tobacco Tax, Funds Tobacco Control

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – March 18, 2020 – Today the Maryland General Assembly took an important stand to protect public health by increasing funding for tobacco control and cessation programs and raising the state tobacco tax. The American Heart Association applauds the General Assembly for making such a significant investment in tobacco programs to combat the

hidden RI Advocates Bring Fight Against Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction to State House

RI Advocates Bring Fight Against Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction to State House

On February 26, nearly 100 advocates from across Rhode Island descended on the State House to participate in our Tobacco-Free Generation Advocacy Day – an event that the American Heart Association co-hosted with the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. As part of the day’s activities, advocates