A Message from Our Executive Director
On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the American Heart Association, I would like to welcome you to the 31st Annual Heart and Stroke Ball. Your participation in this event will benefit countless individuals who are touched by cardiovascular disease.
While once only thought of as a man’s disease, we now know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death of men and women. But it doesn’t stop there. It also is the number one cause of birth defects in children born today and the number two cause of death in children under the age of 15. In addition, stroke is the number one cause of disability and the third leading cause of death.
We at the American Heart Association are working hard to help change these devastating statistics. One significant way we are working to make this change is through our support of research. What does that mean to you? Think about the pacemaker your friend has implanted, the cholesterol lowering medication your family member takes, or the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) that kept your neighbor alive. All of these and many more medical advances are the result of AHA funded research.
In addition, the AHA is at work in our community through our advocacy outreach and community education. Next time you eat in a smoke free restaurant or enjoy a day at a smoke free beach, you can thank the AHA because these are just two of the results of our advocacy efforts. Next time you are at the grocery store, look for the Heart Check mark to help you decide on healthier choices. And if heart disease results in a hospital visit, be aware that the AHA has established criteria and guidelines for cardiac treatment through our Get With the Guidelines program to ensure quality care.
Your support allows us to continue and expand our efforts to fight heart disease and stroke, together we are helping others to live longer and healthier lives in Orange County.
With heartfelt thanks,
Orange County Executive Director
American Heart Association