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Advocating for Heart at Texas Capitol

 

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On September 16 more than 20 Texas advocates met at the Capitol for an American Heart Association “Advocating for Heart Day.”

The day kicked off with an informative training and inside look at the ways hospitals utilize data for quality improvement. The team then split into groups and made visits to key legislative offices, but not before taking a moment to reflect on their own “why.”

For the AHA, Life is Why. We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It’s why we do what we do. For us – “Life is why.” For volunteer Susan Patten, “research is why.” It was the years of research that potentially saved her life a few years ago when she received an emergency angioplasty.  For Marcie Wilson, her son is why. He was saved by CPR as a two year old.  For others, their friends, family, and community are Why.

This dedicated team of volunteers visited members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees to thank them for appropriating $500,000 last session for STEMI and stroke statewide data collection and to ask them to maintain the funding next session. They also shared the importance of a well-organized system of care in Texas.

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