Stories from the “Heart” raise awareness of cardiovascular disease
February 23, 2016
For more than 50 years, February has been nationally recognized as American Heart Month. The goal of American Heart Month is to raise awareness of heart disease—the nation’s No. 1 killer—and raise funds for research and education.
During American Heart Month, our firm works with long-time client, St. David’s HealthCare, to share stories of those affected by heart disease and emphasize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.
Here are a few of the stories we’ve shared this month:
- Heart Hospital of Austin held its free heart screenings for children ages 14-18 to detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious heart condition that affects one in 500 student athletes every year. Georgetown mother, Eva Collins, shared her son’s story to encourage parents to have their children screened.
- Central Texas newborns at St. David’s HealthCare facilities are sporting handmade red beanies this month. The Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative is another way the American Heart Association (AHA) is raising awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, which affect at least 40,000 babies each year.
- KXAN sheds light on a study that revealed women are often undertreated for heart disease. Healthy, active Austin resident, Debbie Jahns, spoke about her subtle symptoms that almost led to a massive heart attack.
Photo Credit: Williamson County Sun
Additionally, ECPR is a proud supporter of AHA’s Go Red for Women initiative. This Friday, several staff members will attend the 2016 Go Red Luncheon at the JW Marriott. We look forward to supporting this special event and hearing from keynote speaker, Former First Lady Laura Bush.
To learn more about cardiovascular disease, visit Heart.org.
Senior Account Executive