Marion County Florida
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Patrick Plunkett

Ocala Resident Saved by CPR

In 2017, twelve-year-old Patrick Plunkett was pitching in a baseball game at the Carrigan complex, when he was struck in the heart by the baseball he just pitched. Immediately, his heart stopped on impact and he collapsed. Patrick’s coach and two nurses from the crowd rushed to his side to perform lifesaving CPR until paramedics arrived. Because of these heroic first responders and their knowledge of performing CPR, Patrick was able to pitch for his baseball team again, just 3 months later.

Trinity Catholic High School CPR Training

250 students from Trinity Catholic High School were trained in CPR in February. This was done by the efforts of the Plunkett Family, Gator CPR, and the American Heart Association. In addition, TCHS became the first school in Marion County to require CPR training to graduate.

Trinity Catholic High School CPR Training
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Healthy For Good

You don’t need a guilt trip. We know you know. You want to be healthy... for good. And we’re here to help inspire you to create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time. The approach is simple: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Get Healthy For Good.

Controlling the Pressure

AdventHealth Ocala launched Check. Change. Control. in Ocala at Lockheed Martin. The evidence-based high blood pressure management program utilizes a tracker to empower patients to take ownership of their cardiovascular health.

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Blood Pressure Screening

Blood Pressure

Check. Change. Control.

Stress on your blood vessels from high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and other serious health threats. Use our free Check. Change. Control.™ online tool to track your readings and maintain a healthy heart!

Target BP

For Professionals

Target: BP

The AHA and AMA joined forces with the launch of Target: BP™ to support physicians and care teams. We can track and maintain blood pressure goals for our patients by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources.

Focus on Quality

Patient outcomes improve when medical professionals apply the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines. That’s the simple truth behind the obsession with continuous quality improvement. Our entire suite of programs can help advance your efforts farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.

Get With the Guidelines
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Closing Equity Gaps

EmPOWERED To Serve is a movement inspired by multicultural volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice in their communities. These committed ambassadors are closing gaps in health equity through advocacy, policy, education, and social change.

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Stroke

State Policy Win

To improve stroke care in the state, we fought to establish a statewide stroke registry that requires all hospitals in Florida to report their data. 

Advocate for a healthier Florida

Scientific Research Is the Core of all Our Efforts

Breakthroughs. Innovation. Millions of lives saved. That is American Heart Association funded research. From the first successful pacemaker to new techniques saving newborns with congenital heart defects to drug-coated stents, we fund bold ideas that transform health care.

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Support Network

Support Network™

Life is hard, but you're not alone. We're all in this together, right? Learn from locals like you or help others going through a tough time. Explore the chat forums, read survivor stories, seek and receive support. Because it's okay to lean on others who have been there too.

Why Cholesterol Matters

You can lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Take control of managing your cholesterol levels by making healthy lifestyle choices and following a sound medical treatment plan.

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Across the Sunshine State, communities are building a healthier infrastructure and tackling inequities for hearts of all ages. The challenges are great, but together our future is greater.

Local Events

Marion County Heart Walk

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Baseline Road Trailhead Park

Let's get Heartwalking, a movement to move more. Heart Walk is a festival of one million hearts in 300+ communities nationwide beating healthy for good. Join us in Ocala! Walk in memory of someone you love, or create a team.

Marion County Heart Walk
Go Red For Women Event

Marion County Go Red For Women

March 8, 2019

Circle Square Cultural Center

We "Go Red" for our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women - more than all cancers combined. Let's raise awareness that 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable!

Circle of Red

This year’s Circle of Red event was hosted by the Country Club of Ocala. This private event brought together the Circle of Red members for an evening of dinner and paired wines provided by the Executive Chef at the Country Club of Ocala.

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Mission Advancement

Why I Support the AHA

“The work of the American Heart Association universally helps people from all walks of life and economic situations improve their daily lives. It brings me great pleasure to know that my volunteer and financial support efforts with the AHA over the past decade are helping to break the silence about the devastating impact heart disease and stroke is having on our families and our communities.”

–Martin Davis, an American Heart Association donor

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Contact Us

Ocala National Forest
Marion County Springs

For Mail Only
1202 S.W. 17th Street, #201-167
Ocala, FL 34471

Phone: (800) 257-6941 ext. 8107
Fax: (727) 563-8107