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Jennifer Volland woke up one morning feeling a little off. Suspecting the flu, she almost ignored it, butsomething told her things we not ok. Jennifer went to the hospital where she learned she had suffered a heart attack. Today, Jennifer encourages others to know the warning signs for a heart attack, especially because they can be a little different for women, and to call 911 immediately if you suspect you could be having a heart attack.
Washington Research Saves Lives
Currently in Washington state, the American Heart Association is funding 24 research projects totaling $5.8 million in research grants. Science funded by the AHA has been instrumental in creating advances such as the artificial heart valve, cholesterol-lowering drugs, stents and the mechanical heart pump which helps extend the life of patients. But each year grants go unfunded and the next big ideas wait to be investigated. With your support, we can fund innovation and save and improve lives.
More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, with survival rates from adult in-hospital cardiac arrest at less than 26 percent. Patients who suffer a cardiac arrest must receive the highest quality CPR possible in order to have the best chance of survival. The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University in Spokane, was the first medical school in the country to implement the American Heart Association’s RQI 2020® (Resuscitation Quality Improvement®) and first to include a novel resuscitation learning module in medical education curriculum.
E-cigarettes can be a gateway to other tobacco use.
Big Tobacco is targeting our kids with flavored e-cigarettes with the goal of creating a new generation of tobacco users. This is not ok. We are working in collaboration with public health organizations and lawmakers to regulate these products to ensure they stay out of the hands of our kids.