Survivor Spotlight: Sheila Long
Meet Sheila Long, Survivor and Advocate for Women's Heart Health. As a healthy, active and vibrant woman in her 40’s, Sheila never expected to experience a heart attack. Sheila did not have the common risk factors for heart attack – she was a non-smoker, she exercised on a regular basis and maintained a healthy diet and weight. However, Sheila did have heart disease in her family.
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Advocate Spotlight: Ann Malmberg
Meet Ann Malmberg, volunteer advocate in North Dakota. Like many other families in North Dakota, Ann's family has been affected by heart disease. It's why she has chosen to advocate for women's health and for active, healthy lifestyles for all North Dakotans.
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Youth Advocate Spotlight: Jackson Walters
Jackson Walters is an active youth advocate for the American Heart Association. Jackson and his Mom, Amy, have taken an active role in advocating for healthy, nutritious school meals. Jackson has met with members of our Congressional delegation numerous times to ask for their support for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. We caught up with Jackson upon returning from national Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., and asked him to share some of his experiences with our readers.
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Advocate Spotlight: Lynette Anderson
Meet Lynette Anderson. Lynnette is a registered nurse, and like many AHA volunteers has an extensive background in heart attack care. She was a Critical Care Nurse for 20 years, currently working in the quality department where she monitors and collects data on heart attack patients in addition to 15 years as EMT on the Page Ambulance squad. Lynnette knew the importance of receiving quick and timely care for a heart attack.
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My Story: Ryan Radermacher
Ryan Radermacher knew something was wrong. It was a hot, muggy day, but not enough to cause heavy sweating. Ryan had been repairing equipment and getting things in order for the upcoming harvest. He was working hard, but nothing to strenuous. Ryan also felt some pressure in his chest and his arm was aching.
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My Story: Erv Inniger
Meet Erv Inniger. Erv is a survivor, an advocate, and a champion for the chain of survival. He woke up that August day feeling his typical 100% A-OK. The last thing he expected was to be having heart surgery an hour and a half later that day. Erv shares his story of survival and why he believes in having a strong system of care in North Dakota - to save lives from heart attack.
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My Story: Roxy Burnside
Roxy Burnside knows firsthand how immediate bystander CPR and AED’s accessible in public places can save lives. It saved hers. Roxy’s survival story from a heart attack began the evening of November 20 in Fargo at the Holiday Lights parade. Burnside was dressed in an elf costume, handing out candy and walking with co-workers alongside her company’s float.
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Don Bernhagen is Why
Two months after suffering a cardiac arrest, I was alive to welcome my first grandchild to the world. Three years ago while working at my job in construction at a local school, I suffered sudden cardiac arrest and slumped to the floor.
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