The Heart Walk’s mission is to fund research to cure heart disease and stroke

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is hosting the 2018 Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk, an event that has been instrumental in innovative breakthroughs over the last 25 years. Since the inception of the Heart Walk, mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and stroke have plummeted by 45 percent. Each walker and each donation has helped to transform health statistics into lives saved, but there is more work to be done.

The walk is among 300 Heart Walks held in communities across the nation. Nearly 1 million people walk each year for a singular mission, to cure heart disease and stroke. This year the Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Individuals and teams can register online at greaterlakehoustonheartwalk.org

Each time someone laces up their shoes or forms a team to participate in the Heart Walk, they are instrumental in innovative breakthroughs. Every donation helps create new technologies such as the artificial heart valve, cholesterol drugs, stents, and the mechanical heart pump which helps extend the life of patients.

Each day, about 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 killer in the United States. Stroke, the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of severe disability, claims the lives of nearly 219,000 each year.

The Heart Walk is open to the community as all are welcome to participate and change the story of heart disease and stroke in the Greater Lake Houston area. Those who walk are committed to funding research that keeps hearts beating.

Over the past 25 years the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have funded $3.4 billion in research. But the work is far from done. The American Heart Association is nearing the $5 billion mark as they work to fund big ideas to pioneer breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of heart disease and stroke.

For more information or to register for the Greater Lake Houston Heart Walk, visit greaterlakehoustonheartwalk.org.

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