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AHA Safety Tips for Extreme Heat

Extreme Heat

With temperatures soaring in Texas, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. Watch this video to learn how to keep cool and heart-healthy when temperatures rise!

Know Your Numbers

Know Your Numbers

Accurate blood pressure measurement is critical for timely diagnosis and treatment of individuals with high blood pressure. That’s why we work closely with community gathering spaces such as barber shops, thrift stores and fitness centers to empower Ioved ones to measure and track their blood pressure and take steps to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Shifting gears: Pilot bike program

Shifting gears

Shifting gears: Pilot bike program prescribes movement over medicine to address poor health outcomes of Central Texas’ Black men. The BikeRx program is a new initiative that provides Black men with access to a stationary bike and educational materials to help them improve their health.

Help Others Survive Heart Disease & Stroke

You’re invited to be part of the next big breakthrough. Thanks to the power of supporters like you in our first 100 years, we’ve changed the way the world thinks about heart disease and stroke with advancements like the pacemaker and artificial heart valve. Donate now to get 2X MATCHED and help discover the next breakthrough in a new century of lifesaving.
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The American Heart Association hosted the inaugural SouthWest Region Rural Health Summit in Dallas, Texas. The summit brought together nearly 200 attendees from Texas, Arkansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico to discuss the health disparities that exist in rural communities.

Keynote speaker Jackie Stiles, a renowned women's basketball player who grew up in rural Kansas, shared how the lessons she learned growing up in a rural community helped her to succeed. A "Voices from the SouthWest" panel discussion gave insight from those working with and supporting rural communities, providing invaluable firsthand insight on the challenges they are addressing and the unique initiatives that are changing lives.

During breakout sessions, participants heard from experts on various topics relevant to emergency response, prevention, and healthcare quality improvement while discussing barriers to care. Attendees also had the opportunity to get involved with a Grassroots team and learn about AED delivery via drones.

Southwest Region Rural Health Summit
Young Professionals


A social network of young professionals who support the American Heart Association’s Dallas HEART CHALLENGE through fun events and volunteer opportunities. Young at Heart members are able to serve the mission of the American Heart Association while building professional and personal relationships through social networking events year-round. 

Mission of the AHA

The mission of the American Heart Association is “To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.”

Mission of YAH

Young at Heart (YAH) is a relentless group of young professionals that support the mission of the American Heart Association through healthy lifestyle initiatives, community awareness, and both social and professional development to improve the wellbeing of any personal or business relationship.

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Benefits of Young at Heart

Executive Membership: $500 fundraising minimum to any Heart Challenge event (Heart Walk, Cycle Nation, Field Day)

  • Network of emerging leaders in the Dallas Region
  • Year-round Volunteer Opportunities
  • Invitation to the VIP Breakfast for The Dallas Heart Walk
  • Networking events with Dallas leaders

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Chloe Burke

Advocate Spotlight: Chloe Burke

Chloe Burke was born with a rare congenital heart defect called a myocardial bridge. She was a D1 collegiate athlete and cheer captain at the University of Houston, but she experienced a cardiac event on the field of a University of Houston football game. After over a year of trying to find a proper diagnosis, she was eventually diagnosed with her heart defect. Doctors told her that if she did not get open-heart surgery, she would most likely not live to see age 25. After her surgery, Burke began working with the American Heart Association as a way to use her experience and her story to help others. She has been a featured speaker at the American Heart Association's lobby day and speaks to K-12 schools across the state of Texas about how to realistically achieve lifelong preventative heart health. Her story as a survivor and former elementary school teacher has been shared with the Texas Senate Finance Committee and the House of Appropriations to encourage annual funding for all public school students to receive hands-on CPR training before graduation.

Outgoing Chairperson
Virginia Visser
Alfred Williams & Company

Caitlin Giesler, M.D.
Ascension Seton

Leadership Development Chair
Bobby Jenkins
ABC Home & Commercial


Matt Ashley, M.D., Jd
Centre For Neuro Skills

Tannon Carroll, M.D.
Ascension Seton

Charles Fraser, M.D.
Ut Health Austin

Rich Gergasko
Texas Mutual Insurance

Vivek Goswami, M.D.
Austin Heart Hospital

Mark Hauerland

Matt Hoglund
Dpr Construction

C. David Huffstutler
St. David’s Healthcare

Greg Johnson, M.D.
Dell Children's

Susan Johnson, Ph.D
Community Volunteer

Eric Lassberg

Brian Lehman

Heather Mckissick
Community Volunteer

Curtis Page
Higginbotham Insurance

John Recker

Erich Sanchack
Salute Mission Critical 

Nina Seely
Seely Real Estate Team | Kw Luxury

Steven Warach, M.D., Ph.D
Dell Medical School

Greg Weaver
Catellus Development

Michael Klein
Community Volunteer

Chair – Elect
Sam Kang

Anita Krueger, MD, FACS
Vice Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Medical Director, ECMO Program
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - All Saints

President – Elect
Tyler Bloomer, MD

Leadership Development Chair
Hatice Dalton

Board Members

Tyler Bloomer, MD
Texas Health

Marcelo Cavazos, Ph.D
Community Volunteer
Retired – Superintendent of Arlington ISD

Ashley Donahoe
Encompass Health - MidCities

Michelle Gaulding
Vice President

Sreenivas Gudimetla, MD
Texas Health

Joe Harrington, Ed.D

Melissa Huffman
Vice President
Omni Group

Sam Kang
Schwab Charitable

Monika Mathur, MD
Texas Health - Alliance Hospital

Tammy Middleton
VP & General Counsel

Scott Sandlin
Owner, CEO
Sandlin Homes

Jaimeson Smith
Sr. Director of Customer Experience

Karen Thornton
Community Volunteer

Daniel Vance
Managing Director

Matt Zavadksybr /> Managing Director


Dr. Sandeep Das
UT Southwestern

Board Chair
Mark Sanders
Retired Executive

Leadership Succession Chair
Doreen Griffith
Grant Thornton


Joe Brayton

Jeff Buchanan

Dr. Mark Chassay

Chris Chastain
Ernst & Young

Chris Clark

Jenny Cochran

Sandeep Das
UT Southwestern

Jennifer Durbin
Commercial Metals

Igal Elbaz

Retired Executive

Dr. Lanny Hall
UT Southwestern

Joe Jouvenal
McCarthy Building

John Levis

Howard Mudrick
Winstead PC

Jim Mutrie

Stacy Nahas

Sunita Koshy-Nesbitt
Texas Health Resources

Allen Nye

Andrew Olowu

Dr. Lori Rapp
Lewisville ISD

Donna Robinson
Change Healthcare

Dr. Jeffrey Schussler
Baylor, Scott & White Healthcare

Dr. Bharath Thankavel
Medical City Healthcare

Susan Wetzel
Haynes & Boone

Steve Woodward
Retired Executive

AHA Board President
Dawn Hui, MD
Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
UT Health San Antonio

AHA Board Chair
J.K. Baxter
Senior Vice President
Machine Sales, HOLT CAT

AHA Leadership Development Committee Chair
Gary Dudley
President & Co-Founder


S. Hinan Ahmed, MD
lnterventional Cardiologist
Cardiology Clinic of San Antonio

Allen S. Anderson, MD, FACC, FAHA
Chief, Janey & Dolph Briscoe Division of Cardiology
Director of UT /UHS Heart and Vascular Institute

James Anderson
Chief Executive Officer
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

John Archer
Rogers-O'Brien Construction

Sasha Begum
Managing Partner
Begum Pelaez-Prada PLLC

Lee Birnbaum, MD
Director of Vascular Neurology
UT Health San Antonio

Gabriela Black
Partner & Tax Manager
Gonzalez & Black, PLLC

Adam R. Blanchette, MD
Methodist Physician Practices

Patricia Burns
Christus Hospital-Westover Hills

Sandra Guerra, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Texas Health Action (Kind Clinics)

Jerry Hoog
Chairman of the Board
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Gary Joeris
Chief Executive Officer
Joeris General Contractors

Vanessa Mayfield,
Senior Vice President
Corporate Banking Frost Bank

Carlos Ochoa, Ill
Division Vice President
Cardiovascular Services
Methodist Healthcare

James Ogletree, MD

Vincent Real
President & Chief Executive Officer
Big State Electric

William B. Reeves, MD
Department of Medicine
UT Health San Antonio

Christopher Sandles, MBA, FACHE
President, Hospital Operations
University Health

Brian Woods, Ed.D.
Northside Independent School District

Roderick Larson
Chair of the Board

President and CEO
Oceaneering International, Inc.

Esmaeil Porsa
Board President-Elect

Chief Executive Officer
Harris Health System

T. Douglas Lawson
Board President

Senior Vice President
Divisional Operations and CEO
CHI St. Luke’s Health, CHI

David Callender, MD
Memorial Hermann Health System

William Clayton
Vice President
Customer Care and Retention
Reliant Energy

Bonnie Houston
Chief Administrative Officer
National Oilwell Varco

John King
Vice Chair – Assurance
EY Americas

Dr. Andrew Moore
Chief Medical Officer for HCA’s Gulf Coast Division
HCA Houston Healthcare

Jack B. Moore
Cameron International (Former CEO)

Sean Muller
Weaver & Tidwell, LLP

Daniel Penny, MD, PhD, MHA
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology
Texas Children’s Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine

James J. Postl
Pennzoil/Quaker State
(Former President and CEO)

Luis Silva
Vice President and General Manager – South Texas

Kimberly Gee Stith
Vice President and General Counsel

Lee Tillman
President and CEO
Marathon Oil

Jim Trimble
President and CEO
Tanda Resources

Pam Wells, EdD
Executive Director
Wells Education Consulting, LLC

Kelly Youngblood
Executive Vice President and CFO
MRC Global

TJ Tijerina
President & CEO
First Community Credit Union

Jim Parisi

St. Luke’s Heath
The Woodlands, Lakeside
And Springwoods Village Hospitals
Montgomery County

Ben Bentley
Executive Vice President
Kiewit & TIC
Montgomery County

Stacy Davis
Sr. Executive President
Chief Executive Officer
Stellar Bank
Northwest Harris County

Kerrie S. Guerrero, DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC
Vice President
Chief Nursing Officer
Houston Methodist
The Woodlands

Misti Jeter
President & CEO
Black Pearl Technology

Casey Rhodes
Responsible Care Director
DOW Chemical Company

Dr. Ketrese White, DNP, MHA, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President
Texas Children’s Hospital
The Woodlands

Matt Davis
Chief Executive Officer
HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe

Jason Glover
Vice President, Operations
Memorial Hermann
The Woodlands Medical Center
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Walter Jackson
La Porte Independent School District

Keaton Kainer
Vice President,
Healthcare Commercial Banking
Woodforest National Bank

Lonny Soza
The Post Oak Collection

Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE
Executive Director
Lone Star College Foundation

Live Fierce City Champions

We’re calling on everyone everywhere to help us address the continuing threat of heart disease and stroke by helping our communities to Live Fierce! Live Fierce is the American Heart Association’s bold approach to driving equitable health impact in our communities.

Live Fierce

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