AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Research shows heart and brain diseases are linked

American Health Association annual study shows how brain and heart diseases are related via blood vessels

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide according to the American Heart Association. At this time every year, researchers publish reviews of studies related to the condition. This year, researchers found many risk factors for heart disease are the same for brain disease. “Risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, smoking and…

American Heart Association urges high-risk individuals to get vaccinated

Black adults and pregnant women are the lowest vaccinated groups in the United States.

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The American Heart Association is urging vulnerable populations to get the COVID-19 vaccine.   The American Heart Association supports COVID vaccinations for everyone who is eligible to receive it, especially individuals living with cardiovascular disease and those who may develop cardiovascular disease from getting the virus. “People who seem to be most susceptible to severe forms of…

Fargo Heart Walk brings people together to promote heart-healthy lifestyles

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – The Fargo Heart Walk is bringing people back together to promote heart-healthy lifestyles. “We need a lot of advocacy,” said Leslee Williams. Leslee founded the nonprofit There Is A Solution Inc. after surviving two strokes. “I went in for an angiogram on my brain and when I went in, I stroked in recovery. So, I literally…

LIVE: Still Time To Sign Up For Fargo Heart Walk

Fargo Heart Walk Director Expects Record Crowd For 2021

  We are just one day away from the return of the American Heart Association Fargo Heart Walk. The walk starts Thursday, August 5th at 5 p.m. at Urban Plains Park in South Fargo. You can still sign up a team for free. You can go to FargoHeartWalk.org or by downloading the Heart Walk app on Android and iPhone. The…

LIVE: Heart Walk Returns In-Person For 2021

American Heart Association's Fargo Heart Walk Set For Thursday, August 5th

  We are one week away from the Fargo Heart Walk’s return to an in-person event. There’s still plenty of time to sign up. This year’s walk is Thursday, August 5th at Urban Plain Park in South Fargo. The American Heart Association is bringing it back in person after going virtual last year. KVRR’s Adam Ladwig will help emcee the…

North Dakota researchers share three-year project at International Stroke Conference

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – Wednesday was the first day of this year’s virtual International Stroke Conference, and North Dakota researchers are presenting some of their findings from a three-year initiative. The North Dakota Mission: Lifeline Stroke project focuses on improving guideline-based care of stroke patients. That includes teaching the public the signs and symptoms of a stroke, as well as…

Surviving a Stroke: Time Is of the Essence

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC

DILWORTH, Minn. — In just a matter of moments, an ordinary summer day for John Schmitt of Dilworth turned into a nightmare. “I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t move my arms — or my right arm, I couldn’t move that,” he said, describing what his family told him about the incident. He and his neighbor Dick Schroeder were chopping and stacking…

LIVE: Fargo Heart Walk Goes Virtual

Virtual Walk Set For August 13th

  The American Heart Association Fargo Heart Walk is still raising awareness for heart health this year. Things just will look a little different. Normally a big crowd gathers to honor people who have survived strokes and heart attacks. But with health and safety in mind, the AHA is making this year’s Heart Walk virtual. On August 13th, people who…

LIVE: Mission: Lifeline Stroke

"Mission: Lifeline Stroke" Aims To Improve Stroke Awareness And Treatment In N.D.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the CDC. Janna Pietrzak is the director of “Mission: Lifeline Stroke” for the American Heart Association. It’s a three-year plan to improve stroke awareness and treatment in North Dakota. She joins KVRR’s Adam Ladwig to talk about the program, how to…

Coronavirus fears preventing some from getting medical help in emergencies

Some heart attack and stroke patients are afraid of contracting COVID-19 by going to the hospital

FARGO, N.D. — Although the pandemic has impacted almost all aspects of our lives, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. “We know that COVID-19 isn’t preventing heart attacks from happening,” says Chrissy Meyer with the American Heart Association. Heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies are still happening in our community. The main difference? Fear of contracting COVID-19 is pushing…