Celebrating American Heart Month

February 3, 2021

Each February is American Heart Month! We celebrate this annual initiative from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to continue to put a light on the issue that is central to the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) mission and vision.

According to the CDC – About 232,000 people in Minnesota have coronary heart disease. This is the most common form of heart disease and can often be prevented.

So, we support and honor heart month and ask you to join us to recognize that there are efforts we can all take to keep #OurHearts healthy.

A few other stats to keep in mind:

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women
  • Half of Americans (47 percent) have at least one of three leading risk factors — high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking
  • Nearly one in two U.S. adults has high blood pressure, yet only one in four have it under control

For more than 38 years, the MHIF has been working to help create a world without heart and vascular disease. From research and education on how to best prevent heart disease to research on the latest drugs, devices and medical treatments, we’re helping to spread awareness and improve and save lives locally, nationally and globally.

Join us in celebrating American Heart Month!

We invite you to: Learn more about how you can reduce your risk for heart disease, or learn more about your type of heart condition and how you can live better with it.

Women experience unique heart disease risk factors and conditions, and should feel empowered with the information they need to live healthy and happy lives. Learn more and view a timeline to better understand women’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) cumulative risk throughout a lifetime here. You can also read an interview with MHIF CEO, Kris Fortman, PhD, in MSP Magazine about women’s heart health. Read that article here.

We encourage you to find ways to be informed, connected and more engaged in your own heart health. Here are just a few of the events we’ll be lifting up throughout February (please check back as this list will change and be updated throughout the month):

  • Our own Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler, MHIF’s director of emerging science centers, is one of the co-chairs of Go Red for Women 2021 with the American Heart Association.This year’s event is focused on “A Digital Evening of Empowerment” and will also announce the top eight candidates for a women’s business accelerator program for local Minnesota entrepreneurs focused on addressing the health disparities that exist for women, specifically for Black, Indigenous, and other women of color.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CT. Learn more and register here.

  • Several Minneapolis Heart Institute® physicians and MHIF researchers will be presenting at Rock from the Heart’s Aortic Health Symposium. This education symposium is for patients, survivors, medical professionals and affected families.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT. Learn more and register here.

  • We are participating in International Valve Awareness Day with a free, inspiring webinar to share “Stories of a Healthy Heart: A Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day Event.” Learn about the public health epidemic of heart valve disease, the latest in research and treatments and hear inspiring stories of life after heart valve disease treatment. The event will include a Q&A panel discussion with leading physicians and researchers.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, 12-1 p.m. CT. More information and registration

  • Free, virtual panel discussion about the realities of women’s heart health and care that is illuminated in the documentary, Ms. Diagnosed. The panel will include honest perspectives from inspiring female leaders:
    • Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler, cardiologist and researcher and director of Emerging Science Centers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
    • Tricia Regan, director, producer and cinematographer of Ms. Diagnosed
    • Dr. Sara Murray, interventional cardiologist, Minneapolis Heart Institute®

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CT. Register here.

Additional Resources for American Heart Month

Learn more about heart disease and get resources from The Heart Truth, a national health education program aimed at preventing heart disease in women and other vulnerable populations.

Access infographics and guides from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), like “25 Ways to Take Part in Heart Month.”

The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention of the CDC is shining a light on hypertension (high blood pressure), a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Learn more here.

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