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Lisa Deck

Volunteer Report: Lisa Deck attends Global Forum on CVD

Last month, my advocacy took me to all new levels. I was asked to represent the American Heart Association at a Global Forum in Tokyo, Japan. The Forum was hosted by the Health and Global Policy Institute, a non-profit health policy think tank based in Tokyo. The American Heart Association was invited to speak on a panel about patient involvement in cardiovascular disease policy for sustainable healthcare systems. I was asked to share my experience infusing the patient experience in discussions about health policy.

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Meet Dra Bishop, One of Arkansas' Youngest Heart Hero Stroke Survivors!

The threat of a stroke isn’t on the minds of most 16-year-olds, but then again, Dra Bishop wasn’t most 16-year-olds.  A star basketball player at Bentonville High School, Dra was more physically fit and healthy than most of his classmates.  But on the morning of May 26th, 2018, Dra felt sluggish and weak. 

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Meet Dedicated Survivor-Advocate, Dr. John Ferguson

I have been participating in advocacy work with the American Heart Association for a number of years because I am a strong proponent of their mission and long-term goals. Annually, I have taken university students to Advocacy Days at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, to support and encourage the legislators to pass bills which impact the goals of the American Heart Association in our state. 

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What I CAN do every day

I’ve always wondered about the root of my motivations.  Why do I care so much about my health and the health of those around me?  I’m that annoying person who always wants to hear about your ailments and offers a tidbit of solution from something I recently read.  I just can’t help it; I love health-related stuff.

Why do I care so much?  Why do I put so much effort into making sure that I walk my steps every day and eat well?  I suppose the source of my motivation has evolved over my lifetime. Today, I see clearly why my health matters.

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Meet Dr. Laura Brown!

This month we are thrilled to recognize one of our leading volunteer advocates who is leading the charge in the fight against heart disease and stroke. As both a young mother and a pediatrician, Dr. Laura Brown was honored to be asked to be on both the Center and Residential Childcare Licensing Committees, as this role - advocating for the health and safety of children from a medical and developmental standpoint - felt like a natural extension of her daily activities. 

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The Youth Voice Can Go A Long Way

The age of an advocate is just a number to most: what really matters is how you share your story to make a difference.

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In Memory of Raheem Baraka

Remembering the Boston advocate who dedicated his life to health equity.

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Dave McKissock, Superstar Advocate

Survivor & volunteer extraordinaire Dave McKissock’s story is one that is truly remarkable and has resulted in his passion for advocacy.

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Congenital Heart Disease is a chronic condition and she will need lifelong care. The Affordable Care Act ensures that Gretta can never be turned down for her pre-existing condition.

Valerie and Gretta King

As the mom of a congenital heart disease survivor, I am submersed into a life I never imagined existed. I found out at 20 weeks that my daughter, Gretta, had a heart defect. “Valerie, your little girl has something wrong with her heart. We think she has tricuspid atresia and we can tell parts are missing so we are going to make you an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist.” Those words are burned in my brain, they haunt me because I had never heard of a heart defect. I mean heart problems are for people that are old, don't take care of themselves or eat unhealthily. The next weeks were full of ultrasounds and doctor appointments. I learned a lot of medical jargon very quickly. I also learned the specific diagnosis that our daughter had didn’t have very good statistics to go with it. Tricuspid Atresia, Transposition of the Great Vessels, ASD and hypoplastic right ventricle became very familiar rapidly.

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Dr. Shon Chakrabarti

The You’re the Cure network is full of incredible advocates that invest their free time and energy with us to make a difference – in their local community and beyond.

Dr. Shon Chakrabarti is an interventional cardiologist and an advocate. He is a shining example of how one individual can make a big difference when they invest their passion with the American Heart Association. Dr. Chakrabarti is instrumental in changing policy and ensuring individuals receive high-quality cardiovascular care.

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