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What Does Your Heart Beat For?

Your: children, spouse, family, pets, yourself, success, philanthropy?

We invite you to take a minute to think about what your heart beats for.   Every 40 seconds an American dies from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases – making it the #1 killer in America.  But the good news is 83% of heart disease may be preventable through heart healthy dietary and lifestyle choices. Sticking to a heart-healthy lifestyle takes motivation and everyone has a different motivator.  What drives you to be a better, happier, healthier version of yourself?

The Hope Heart Institute’s founder, Dr. Lester Sauvage was not only passionate about saving lives, but helping his patients identify what was worth living for…a purpose for getting and staying healthy.  In order to live longer you have to know what you are living for.  He often asked his patients to look within, decide what they wanted to do with the rest of their life,  identify what happiness was for them and how they might achieve it.

“Happiness is the treasure of human existence. All of us desire it, but few truly attain it. Although our world is filled with promises of joy, you can achieve it best simply by following the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – Dr. Lester Sauvage


Renton’s Healthy Heart Program

The Hope Heart Institute is proud to partner with Renton Regional Fire Authority (RRFA), Valley Medical Center (VMC) and the Renton School District to promote heart health. Through a strong public prevention campaign, cardiovascular disease death rates have declined over 30% since 1998.

Together we will provide heart health education and blood pressure screening to all students in the Renton School District and blood sugar tests to students who have parent/guardian permission.  Early detection of heart disease can lead to early intervention and improved quality of life.







Risk factors that lead to heart disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history

Good health habits to help prevent heart disease:

  • ·Monitor your blood pressure
  • ·Eat a healthy diet
  • ·Exercise regularly
  • ·Maintain a healthy weight
  • ·Limit sodium
  • ·Don’t smoke
  • ·Limit alcohol use



 Take Heart

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  • Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women.
  • 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.
  • About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year
  • Coronary heart disease costs the United States $108.9 billion each year.

Protect Your Heart

Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce your risk of dying of heart disease. Here are some tips to protect your heart:

  • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Get out and move your body every day.
  • Don’t smoke.






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This year's guests donned their denim and boots and kicked up their heels for an evening of fun and fundraising! The Hope Heart Institute’s 2017 On Wings of Hope gala culminated February 11th at Pickering Barn, raising more than $200,000 to improve health outcomes for underserved and at-risk members of our community.

The evening was a fabulous success! UW Coach Mike Neighbors inspired attendees with his story of survivorship and entertained as a guest musician with band, Aaron Crawford. Emcee DeAnna Lee and auctioneer Gee Scott hosted a lively and successful auction featuring a variety of one-of-a-kind items including an Alaska fishing trip, a suite at the Chris Stapleton concert and two lucky bidders each getting their own side of beef. The Hope Heart Institute board chair, Sara Osborne shared her personal connection with heart disease and inspired all to support programs to improve health outcomes for underserved at-risk members of our community.

The Hope honored Talking Rain with The Hope Heart Institute Community Partner of the Year award, recognizing its efforts to promote health as a part of its corporate culture as well as contributions to making our community a healthier place for all.

100% of net proceeds will support the residents of Washington State by investing in research,outreach and education to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Thank you again to our premier sponsor:



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