Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control, "more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year (that's one in every four deaths in this country)." For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has been fighting heart disease and stroke, with a focus on cardiovascular health and relentlessly driving towards a world of longer, heathier lives.
Everyone knows someone affected by heart disease or stroke. For me, it hits a lot closer to home. When I was 18 months old, I was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). This condition means there is a defect, or hole in the wall (septum) between the left and right atria. If left untreated, ASD can damage the heart and lungs, shortening lifespan. With the love and support of my family, I had open heart surgery at the age of 7. I feel very lucky and grateful to have had a successful recovery.
As a Survivor, I will be participating in the 2021 American Heart Association Digital Heart Walk event on Friday, September 24th. Your participation and generous donation will help fund American Heart Association's research. Over the past 100 years, AHA has raised funds to support critical and life-saving research for the pacemaker, drugs to lower blood pressure, artificial heart valve, CPR, drugs to treat infants with heart and lung defects, and mechanical pumps to help heart failure patients awaiting transplant, just to name a few. These advances in medical research helped to prolong lives, and I can't imagine anything more precious than the gift of time - to have extra time to spend with our loved ones.
If you wish to learn more about the American Heart Association, you may go to https://www.heart.org/en.
Thank you in advance for your support and generous contributions.