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Meet Brian Kranniwitter, Nebraska Government Relations Director

My family and friends is why

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What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?

I really admire and respect the mission of the American Heart Association.  Plus, cardiovascular disease has impacted family members and friends of mine.

 What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?

There are several issues I’m passionate about including heart and stroke systems of care, CPR, physical activity, and many others as well.

 What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?

I think there are two.  One is when the Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Act was passed and signed into law by the Governor.  I think what made it so was great was knowing it would save lives and being able to able to work with so many passionate volunteers.  Just a great memory and a great experience.

The other was when we were able to get an appropriation for 12-Lead cardiac monitors for some of our ambulances in Nebraska.  These devices are key when detecting the deadliest type of heart attack known as a STEMI (and commonly referred to as “the widow maker”).  My Mom had a STEMI so I knew firsthand how important these devices are.  

What is your favorite way to be active?

I enjoy playing basketball with my son.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable and any tips for how you serve or prepare it?

My favorite fruit is an apple and what’s great is you don’t have to prepare it all!

 

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