American Heart Association - Illinois

American Heart Association - Illinois Working in Illinois to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We are the Chicago office of the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
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This page is not intended to provide medical advice or treatment. Only your healthcare provider can do that. The American Heart Association recommends that you consult your healthcare provider regarding your personal health matters. Our page is intended to provide a forum for discussion, and the content provided by those other than the AHA does not represent the opinions or positions of the American Heart Association.

Mission: The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, we are dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source, empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. For more information, visit us at www.heart.org/Chicago.

Operating as usual

02/27/2021

We couldn’t be together in person this year, but by wearing red, we came together as a collective force for awareness and change! Take a look at how Chicago celebrated #WearRedDay on 2/5. Thank you to local #GoRedforWomen sponsor, UChicago Medicine.

Thank you to Hy-Vee for your support of the American Heart Association during Heart Month through their Life is Why We G...
02/27/2021

Thank you to Hy-Vee for your support of the American Heart Association during Heart Month through their Life is Why We Give campaign! And thank you to Heartland Bank and Trust Company for making your support for the #McLeanCountyHeartWalk!

THANK YOU to all of our attendees, sponsors and speakers for helping us make our digital Chicago Go Red for Women Lunche...
02/26/2021

THANK YOU to all of our attendees, sponsors and speakers for helping us make our digital Chicago Go Red for Women Luncheon a tremendous success this afternoon! Click here to watch the program: http://spr.ly/6188HYNQ4 #ChicagoGoesRed ABC 7 Chicago Judy Hsu ABC7 Rob Elgas ABC7 Katrina McGhee

02/25/2021
Grilled White Fish and Avocado Recipe

We are so excited for the #GoRedforWomen digital Luncheon tomorrow! We want to thank our top sponsor, Dover Corporation for supporting this lifesaving campaign! While we can't be dining together, Dover is happy to sponsor this heart-healthy meal to enjoy at home!

Join EmPOWERED to Serve and Go Red for Women for the EmPOWERED Black Women and Well-Being Roundtable at 7 p.m. TONIGHT! ...
02/25/2021

Join EmPOWERED to Serve and Go Red for Women for the EmPOWERED Black Women and Well-Being Roundtable at 7 p.m. TONIGHT!

The roundtable will be moderated by Amy Dubois Barnett from BET, with the sorority leaders from the National Pan-Hellenic Council and The Links, Incorporated, and AHA board member and medical expert Dr. Cheryl Pegus. We'll explore health equity and how the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines relate to the heart health of Black women.

There are two ways you can watch the event live tonight:
• EmPOWERED to Serve website – https://www.empoweredtoserve.org/en/live-event
• YouTube – https://youtu.be/1FoVd3sEu6k

Kelly Rowland on losing her mom to a cardiac arrest: "I'll never forget how sudden that was and how it took her away fro...
02/24/2021
Kelly Rowland On Highlighter Hacks, New Music, and Taking Care of Her Heart

Kelly Rowland on losing her mom to a cardiac arrest: "I'll never forget how sudden that was and how it took her away from this earth, away from me and my brother. It just really sucks. And I just want women, but specifically women of color, to understand how we actually lead the numbers when it comes to [heart disease] killing women, It's a silent killer."

Read the article from Byrdie and tune into Kelly's Instagram on Wednesday at 5 p.m. for a special event: http://spr.ly/6181HYOLX

In an exclusive, Kelly Rowland opens up to Byrdie about her favorite makeup, new music, and her new heart health mission to help women of color.

02/24/2021
Hands-Only CPR

Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR by watching this short video! This lifesaving tutorial is brought to us by #GoRedforWomen sponsor, Loyola Medicine.

02/23/2021
Heart Health and Stress

Stress plays a major role in our heart health. Check out these great tips on how to manage stress in our lives, brought to you by #GoRedforWomen sponsor Healthy Driven.

Love your pet? Of course you do! Pets boost happiness and can help us get more exercise, cut stress, and lower blood pre...
02/23/2021

Love your pet? Of course you do! Pets boost happiness and can help us get more exercise, cut stress, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Share your pet story on the Healthy Bond for Life Pet Mosaic. http://spr.ly/6186HcL2n

More than 11 million Americans are affected by heart valve disease. To mark Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, survivor ...
02/22/2021
Heart Valve Awareness Day 2021

More than 11 million Americans are affected by heart valve disease. To mark Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day, survivor and AHA volunteer Christine Rekash shared her story on our Patient Support Network.

Christine is a volunteer with the American Heart Association’s Heart Valve Ambassador Program and shares her story to help raise awareness. She wrote this blog in honor of Valve Disease Day, February 22.

02/22/2021
Community Conversation: COVID-19 Vaccines

Thank you to all who joined us for our recent community conversation on the COVID-19 vaccines! If you're interested in learning more about the vaccines, how they were developed and tested, and who should be vaccinated, check out the recording below.

Special thanks to our panelists: Dr. Don Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Tochi Okwuosa of Rush University System for Health, Dr. Martha Renteria-Mejia of International Health Management Associates, and Rina Shah and Jason Donica from Walgreens.

02/21/2021
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Do you know what #FAST stands for? Learn how to spot a stroke with this video brought to you by #GoRedforWomen sponsor, NorthShore University HealthSystem.

02/19/2021
Mindfulness and Meditation

Did you know that practicing mindfulness and meditation can improve your quality of life? Take a look at how getting more zen in your life can be beneficial. Thank you Advocate Aurora Health for supporting the #GoRedforWomen campaign and sharing this information!

02/19/2021
Gyasi Chisley: Heart of Chicago

We are excited to announce that Gyasi Chisley, president and CEO of Hospitals and Clinics at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, will serve as chair of the 2021 Heart of Chicago campaign. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Gyasi is passionate about addressing the health disparities that exist in Chicago’s underserved communities.

The cornerstone of the Heart of Chicago campaign is the Chicago Heart Ball, which will be held online on Thursday, May 6. For more information, visit http://spr.ly/6189Hi59N.

02/18/2021
2021 Rockford Go Red: Megan Austin

Megan has been a speaker at the Rockford Go Red for Women Luncheon and an AHA volunteer for a few years. Recently, she received some scary news about her heart health. But that has not deterred her in her mission to share her story and be an advocate for others going through similar obstacles.
At this year's event she shared some exciting updates with us. Megan, you are an inspiration and the true definition of a heart warrior!

02/17/2021
Heart Attack Warning Signs

Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? Take a look at this video to learn how to spot a cardiac incident! Information brought to you by local #GoRedforWomen sponsor, Huron.

02/17/2021
CBS News

Live footage of us this morning. 😆❄️

This 14-month-old boy in Canada learned the hard way — shoveling snow is a tough job. ❄️

Thank you to The Chopping Block for your support of the American Heart Association! Participants in the Feb. 18 virtual ...
02/17/2021
Virtual Chicken Marsala: Choose Your Level of Instruction

Thank you to The Chopping Block for your support of the American Heart Association! Participants in the Feb. 18 virtual cooking class will have the opportunity to make a donation to support our lifesaving mission.

Join us for a virtual cooking class as you either cook along with our Chopping Block Chef in real time, or watch as a demonstration as our chef teaches you how to make an Italian dinner from scratch via Zoom.This class is supporting the American Heart Association and you can choose to make a donatio...

Bryan Smith, UChicago Medicine cardiologist and AHA Chicago board member was joined by heart disease survivor, Michelle ...
02/16/2021
Our Chicago: Healthy tips to protect from heart disease, stroke

Bryan Smith, UChicago Medicine cardiologist and AHA Chicago board member was joined by heart disease survivor, Michelle Emebo, on ABC 7 Chicago's ‘Our Chicago’ to discuss knowing your risk factors for heart disease. #ChicagoGoesRed #HeartMonth

African American and Latinx women are disproportionately impacted by heart disease and stroke.

Join us for a virtual conversation on the COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday at noon. We’ll be joined by physicians and a ph...
02/16/2021

Join us for a virtual conversation on the COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday at noon. We’ll be joined by physicians and a pharmacist to talk about the vaccines, the AHA’s advice for heart and stroke patients, and how the vaccine will continue to roll out in Illinois.

To register, visit https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kun0CzfAQ4Gq_eixfs_eTQ

Join us for "Their Health, Our Future," a series of conversations about the health of our children.On February 24, we’ll...
02/15/2021

Join us for "Their Health, Our Future," a series of conversations about the health of our children.

On February 24, we’ll take an in-depth look at nutrition – learn to read nutrition labels, add color to your diet, control portion size and cut out added sodium and sugar to build healthy habits.

To register, visit http://spr.ly/6185H9gHl

Wear Red Day 2021 - Show us your red!
02/15/2021

Wear Red Day 2021 - Show us your red!

02/15/2021
Home Workout

When it's this cold out, a home workout is a great option! Check out this video to learn how to build your own circuit workout. These tips brought to you by local #GoRedforWomen sponsor Schneider Electric.

02/14/2021
Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! We know today is all about cupid, cards and roses, but don’t forget to show your heart some love too. #HeartMonth

Chicago and Cook County have set up warming centers for anyone who needs relief from the extreme cold this weekend. For ...
02/13/2021
City of Chicago Provides Residents with Services, Warming Centers and Tips to Cope with Extreme Cold Temps and Wind Chills expected to continue this Weekend

Chicago and Cook County have set up warming centers for anyone who needs relief from the extreme cold this weekend.

For a list of warming centers in Chicago, visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/oem/provdrs/emerg_mang/news/2021/february/city-provides-residents-with-services--warming-centers-and-tips-.html

For a list of centers in suburban Cook County, visit: https://cookcountyemergencymanagement.org/cook-county-warming-centers

Getting vaccinated will help keep you from getting the COVID-19 illness and may also protect people around you. The vaccine will be offered to all Chicagoans who want it as soon as larger quantities become available. Learn more at Chicago.gov/COVIDVax.

Happy Lunar New Year!
02/12/2021

Happy Lunar New Year!

02/11/2021
Protecting the hearts of new moms

What happens when having a baby hurts mom’s heart? On a new episode of House Calls: Real Docs, Real Talk, we'll hear from moms who survived pregnancy-related heart failure and learn more about how women can protect their hearts at any stage of life.

Set a reminder now for Monday at 11 a.m. CST: http://spr.ly/6180Hg9xn

Jessica was born with 3 congenital heart defects, eventually leading to a heart transplant and later a kidney transplant...
02/10/2021

Jessica was born with 3 congenital heart defects, eventually leading to a heart transplant and later a kidney transplant. Today she works for The Children's Heart Foundation and volunteers as a Go Red for Women Real Woman to share her story and help others. http://spr.ly/6184H54DO #CHDAwareness #HeartMonth

Join the American Heart Association for a virtual conversation on the COVID-19 vaccines on Weds., Feb. 17 at noon. We’ll...
02/10/2021

Join the American Heart Association for a virtual conversation on the COVID-19 vaccines on Weds., Feb. 17 at noon. We’ll be joined by physicians and a pharmacist to talk about the vaccines, the AHA’s advice for heart and stroke patients, and how the vaccine will continue to roll out in Illinois.

To register, visit https://heart.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kun0CzfAQ4Gq_eixfs_eTQ

Need more than one cup of coffee to fire up your day? No worries. Drinking two or more may be further reducing your risk...
02/10/2021
Coffee may help reduce risk for heart failure

Need more than one cup of coffee to fire up your day? No worries. Drinking two or more may be further reducing your risk for heart failure.

Drinking one or more daily cups of coffee, if caffeinated, may reduce the risk for heart failure by up to 30%.

Tell us who you are celebrating over #BlackHistoryMonth and we’ll share how you can create a legacy of health. Know your...
02/09/2021

Tell us who you are celebrating over #BlackHistoryMonth and we’ll share how you can create a legacy of health. Know your blood pressure numbers. http://spr.ly/6182H5eLe

02/09/2021

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defect in the country. The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation recently made a joint commitment of $917,426 to further CHD research. http://spr.ly/6181H59JB

Las estadísticas en Estados Unidos son escalofriantes, pero hay buenas noticias. El 80% de las enfermedades del corazón ...
02/08/2021

Las estadísticas en Estados Unidos son escalofriantes, pero hay buenas noticias. El 80% de las enfermedades del corazón y derrames cerebrales pueden prevenirse con hábitos saludables. Encuentra información sobre cómo prevenir o detectar síntomas en www.goredforwomen.org/es

Thank you, Dr. Sudhir Mungee for sharing vital information on the link between COVID-19 and your heart. #GoRedIL OSF Hea...
02/07/2021
COVID-19 & your heart

Thank you, Dr. Sudhir Mungee for sharing vital information on the link between COVID-19 and your heart. #GoRedIL OSF HealthCare

http://spr.ly/6183HeCAN

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 women will die from heart disease and stroke. Go Red for Women started 17 years ago to raise awareness about women's heart health. "Women were being sent home because they were tired or stressed or something like that and then come to find out it w...

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Hi everyone! My son is raising money for the Kids Heart Challenge for his school Hunt Club. This is to help kids with heart disease. This hits close to home because we have lost two family members to this and to see innocent little kids suffering through this is devastating . His goal is 100.00 (if we can have more than that donated then that would be fantastic!) and the schools goal is 10,000. If you cannot donate please share and spread the word about this horrible disease. You can donate through me via cash/check or online on Anthony's site. Thank you everyone for reading, sharing, and participating! http://www2.heart.org/goto/anthonyminer https://www.facebook.com/donate/2235754980009740/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Still waiting to hear back from the aha training center employees 312 942 4065. 2 days since I was told "I'll get back to you"
Ive been contacting the aha training center at rush university since yesterday regarding my lost cpr card and all they've managed to do was put me on hold and send me to voicemail. Who is actually capable of helping me????
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💚Fre2dance had a great time with our friends and the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Kappa Omega Chapter. Going Red today in recognition of heart disease❤️ Great audience participation💃🏾Thanks for having us💃🏾ladies thanks for joining me tonight getting our steps in😉Karla Webb Lady Vaughn thanks for joining us❣️#American Heart Association