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Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are major causes of death. Survivors, volunteers, advocates, healthcare providers,donors - all are building healthier lives in Iowa.
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What We Do
We're building healthier lives where you live and work - in the community, health care, education and research.
How You Can Help Us
Touch hearts - save lives. Here’s the chance to make a real difference!
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Regional Office
5000 Westown Parkway Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA  50266
phone: (515) 414-3200
fax: (515) 221-7994


Maddie Abernathy

Maddie Abernathy
There was an unforgettable sunrise on the day Madelyn Marie entered the world in September 2012.  Her Mom and Dad were overjoyed to welcome a little girl into the world to join big brother Alex at home.  Labor and delivery were uncomplicated.  Maddie was a big baby, and at 9 lbs 11 oz, and the nursing staff informed us they would monitor her blood sugar closely, as bigger babies’ blood sugar levels can get too low. 

We thought this was our biggest concern, until about two hours after her birth.  While in the nursery, it became apparent that Maddie was having difficulty maintaining the normal oxygen level, and her oxygen level continued to worsen. Soon after this the pediatrician came into Maddie's mom’s room, along with several nurses, and pulled a chair up next to the bed.  Her Dad had already left to get big brother Alex to meet his new sister.  The only thing her Mom recalls is the doctor saying “This condition is serious and Maddie needs to be airlifted to Iowa City.”   Maddie was sent to the University of Iowa Hospitals without delay.  Upon arrival at the NICU there, the amazing doctors and nurses quickly diagnosed her with Transposition of the Great Arteries and almost immediately began work on setting up her treatment plan.  Maddie went on to have her first open heart surgery at 3 days old.  She had a second surgery almost two weeks later to correct a narrowed artery from the first surgery.  She spent 34 long days at the University of Iowa Hospital.
Since then she had some set backs, including airway issues that were undiscovered until post surgery which resulted in an extended intubation period for her, but in the end she left the hospital with a repaired heart and ecstatic mom and dad.  Today she is a bubbly, vivacious three-year old, and a joyous blessing in the lives of all who are lucky enough to meet her!

How We Help You in Iowa

Des Moines

Go Red For Women Dinner

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
September 8, 2016
Juliette Olejnik

Eastern Iowa

Quad Cities Go Red For Women Luncheon
River Center
November 1, 2016
Michelle Barrett

Cedar Valley Go Red For Women Luncheon
Park Place Event Center
November 4, 2016
Cathy Brandt

Iowa City Go Red For Women Luncheon
Coralville Marriott Hotel
November 11, 2016
Jamie Jensen

Cedar Rapids Go Red For Women Luncheon
DoubleTree Cedar Rapids
November 18, 2016
Aileen Black

The American Heart Association has awarded $3.7 million to the University of Iowa for a Strategically Focused Research Network studying preeclampsia. The talented researchers at the University of Iowa will research ways to diagnose, prevent and treat preeclampsia in pregnant women.

A $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will expand our statewide, collaborative Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Iowa. STEMI patient outcomes will be improved with coordination between EMS and hospitals.

Iowa joins a growing list of states that are requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. The state’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year.