LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)
Southwest Louisiana residents will take giant steps for their heart health in the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk on Nov. 7th.
The non-competitive walk, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research, educational and advocacy programs. Teams are made up of employees from local companies, along with friends and family members of all ages. Participants are asked to set team goals and raise funds to support these life-saving efforts of the American Heart Association.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in our country. Stroke is the No. 3 killer. These and other cardiovascular diseases kill more than 870,000 Americans each year and cost the nation more than $403 billion in direct and indirect costs.
"Everyone knows someone affected by heart disease and stroke," said Stephen Dwight of Dwight Law Firm, chair of this year's Heart Walk. "That is why it is so important for all of us to participate and do whatever we can to help save lives."
The Heart Walk which has raised almost $600 million for research and education since it was launched in 1994, will take place in about 450 cities this year. American Heart Association-funded research has contributed to many important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.