A relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
A Culture of Health
The American Heart Association is a science-based organization and during this challenging time. We want you to know we continue our work in fighting heart diseases and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans. We are doing so with everyone’s health and safety in mind as we carry out our mission of being a relentless force for longer, healthier lives.
She had a baby, then she had a heart attack
Stephanie Parsley and her husband were elated when they welcomed their third child a year ago. The Springdale couple were less prepared when Stephanie had the first of what would be two heart attacks in the weeks after giving birth. As with many women, Stephanie mistook the warning signs as something else. And as the caretaker for her family, her attention was elsewhere. Now she focuses on herself, too, and listens to her body more than ever before. We’re focusing on women’s health by empowering them to contribute to health research and educating women about their risks.
Danyelle Musselman, wife of Arkansas head basketball coach Eric Musselman, lost her father to a heart attack when she was just 18. At age 31, she suffered a stroke while pregnant with the couple’s daughter, now 10. Doctors determined the stroke was caused by a congenital heart defect. “It’s something that you never think can happen to you,” says Danyelle. Then about a year ago, her younger sister suffered congestive heart failure and needed a heart transplant. “The American Heart Association has been by our side every step of the way,” she says. Today, Danyelle encourages people to advocate for themselves, be aware of their own health and address health issues, such as high blood pressure. We’re working with hospitals and clinics on programs that help patients control hypertension.
2020 Vestido Rojo "Red Dress"
Las enfermedades del corazón son la principal causa de muerte entre las mujeres hispanas, sin embargo, solo 1 de cada 3 mujeres hispanas lo saben. El evento Vestido Rojo, es una conferencia de mujeres hispanas que es organizada por la Asociación Americana del Corazón, como parte de la campaña Go Red Por Tu Corazón, y que celebra la energía, pasión y fortaleza de las mujeres hispanas.
Este año nuestro evento fue una experiencia virtual. Gracias a La Zeta por ser nuestros maestros de ceremonias y al Dr. Eduardo Sánchez, CMO de la AHA por ser nuestro orador invitado.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Hispanic women, yet only 1 in 3 Hispanic women are aware of this fact. Vestido Rojo is a conference that celebrates the energy, passion, and power of Hispanic women. This year our event was a virtual experience. Thank you to La Zeta for serving as our emcees and Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, CMO of the American Heart Association for being our guest speaker.
Healthy at Home
With the evolving impact of COVID-19 in communities across the country, many Americans are facing new challenges keeping them from getting to the office, school, grocery store or gym. The American Heart Association has resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while at home.
Feelings of stress, anxiety, uneasiness and lack of sleep can make it difficult to function normally. Mental health and physical health are closely linked, so finding ways to combat and manage stress in the (virtual) workplace and exercise while working remotely.
With school and gym closings, our exercise routines are no longer routine. Use this time as an opportunity to switch up our workout regimen, which can help to boost our immune system, help relieve mental stress and improve overall health.
We know that many of you may be cooking more at home right now. While some may find the thought of cooking stressful, making healthy meals is a great way to protect your heart. The American Heart Association has resources to fit all skillsets starting with How To Cook Healthier at Home. For those wishing to improve their abilities, there’s an entire section dedicated to culinary techniques. Here are a few easy recipes that use pantry staples.
Advocate for Heart Health
You're the Cure is working within our community to empower citizens to take informed action on local and state policies, and champion policies and laws that help people avoid unhealthy practices and create safer communities. Our advocates are addressing critical healthcare concerns by advocating for policies that can improve access and boost the quality and value of care.
H2O and GO
The AHA-NWA continues to meet the needs of the community where the needs exist. To combat growing obesity rates among area youth, we’ve helped install eight water bottle filling stations in area schools and distributed 8,000 refillable water bottles to students in the Springdale School District and Rogers Public Schools. Special thanks to RB and the Beaver Water District for providing funds and bringing awareness to the H2O and GO program.
Get Involved With Your Community
- Northwest Arkansas Heart Ball, Location: John Q. Hammons Center, Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 06:00 PM
- Northwest Arkansas Virtual Go Red for Women Luncheon, Location: John Q. Hammons Center, Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 09:00 AM
- Northwest Arkansas Paint the Town Red, Location: TBD, Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021 - 06:00 PM
108 E. Sunbridge
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone: (479) 439-6800