Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Volunteers Call Congress on Key Issues


Volunteers from Central Arkansas " Popped In" the Central AR Heart Office on National Popcorn Day to make calls to their Congreemen on key issues for the American Heart Association. Tammy Quick (in picture) calls Senators' Pryor and Boozman's and Representaive Tim Griffin's offices urging them to support the FIT Kids Act.

FIT Kids Act is a bill that would integrate Fitness in to Teaching. The bill will work to education children on key lifestyle changes with regards to fitness that will allow them to lead a heart healthy lifestyle. If you have not made a call to your decision maker take five minutes and call them. They need to hear from you the constituent that you want them to support issue related to heart and stroke prevention and research funding.

To find out your decision maker click this link and it will provide assistance. If you are not a member of the American Heart Association YOU'RE THE CURE NETWORK you can join from the link provided.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Darryl's Story

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association work closely with the AR SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Services) Telemedicne program in AR. This program has made great strides in treating stroke across Arkansas. Click the links below to learn more.


Direct link to the Vimeo page.

National WEAR RED Day KIck Off

On Friday, February 3, 2012, at 12 Noon volunteers and friends of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will "Turn the STEPS of the Arkansas State Capitol RED" in support of National Wear RED Day.

Take 15 minutes out of your schedule and join us for a special event. We have a gift for you that could change a lives across Arkansas.

UAMS Takes Leading Role in Newborn Heart Screening


A noninvasive pulse oximeter attached to the right hand of Farrah Clark, a newborn at UAMS, ruled out any critical congenital heart defects.
Jan. 20, 2012 The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has begun routine screenings for critical congenital heart defects in newborns and is leading the effort to teach other hospitals the screening method via telehealth.
At no additional cost to patients, UAMS this month began using a painless, noninvasive device that detects the first signs of the most serious heart problems. The device, called a pulse oximeter, is about the size of a Band Aid and is placed on a hand and a foot to measure blood oxygen levels.
Critical congenital heart disease affects 1.8 of 1,000 newborns each year and causes up to 10 percent of infant deaths. UAMS, which delivers about 2,500 babies a year, will see about five newborns a year affected by a critical congenital heart defect as a result of the screening.
Critical congenital heart disease occurs when a structural abnormality causes blood to flow incorrectly through the heart and lungs, leading to decreased oxygen levels in the blood. Some congenital heart diseases can be detected before birth or through physical examination after delivery, but about 30 percent of newborns with a critical congenital heart defect may leave the hospital before being diagnosed.
Using interactive video communication (telehealth) and live video streaming on the Internet, UAMS faculty and Arkansas Children’s Hospital have partnered to teach the screening protocol to the 45 other Arkansas hospitals with labor and delivery units.
“The goal of the UAMS Medical Center Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program is simple, to ensure that infants with critical congenital heart disease are detected before they are discharged from the hospital,” said Robert Morrow, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at UAMS and senior vice president for medical affairs at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The decision to begin the routine screenings was based on research of how to detect congenital heart disease using pulse oximetry. In 2011, a national workgroup of experts, including Morrow, developed a screening protocol based on the latest evidence and expert opinion.
The findings and recommendations from this workgroup were published in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics in November 2011; Strategies for Implementing Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease by Dr. Alex Kemper, et al.
The American Heart Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Cardiology also support newborn pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease.
“As a leader in health care and research in Arkansas, we at UAMS have an obligation and a commitment to advocate for universal critical congenital heart disease pulse oximetry screening,” Morrow said. “The Arkansas Legislature has not yet mandated this screening for all newborns, but a group of medical advocates and experts is working to make this a reality for all newborns delivered in Arkansas.”

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