What is Heart Walk?The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event for raising
funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 5 killers - heart disease and
stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart
Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family.
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On December 6, 2014, my family and I were on a vacation in New York City. We were at a restaurant in Time Square getting ready to watch a college football game. We had just gotten settled at our table when I suddenly slumped over. My dad and a friend helped get me to the floor and called for help. Two restaurant guests came over and found I had no pulse. They started doing chest compressions and administering mouth-to-mouth breaths until paramedics arrived.
The paramedics used an automated external defibrillator (AED) and shocked my heart back into rhythm. We later learned I had an undiagnosed heart defect called Long QT Syndrome that can cause dangerous arrhythmias in response to certain medications, stress and exercise. I now have an implanted defibrillator to reduce my risk of having another cardiac event, but otherwise I live a normal, healthy, and full life. The work of the American Heart Association truly saved my life and thousands of others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ~ Brittany
Life is why we walk. Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you! Register Now to make a difference.