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The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG Day of Champions is coming on May 5th.

GiveBIG is a 24-hour online giving event to inspire people to generously support nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

Every donation made to The Hope on The Seattle Foundation’s website will be “stretched” with a portion of matching funds to further funding our work to support cardiovascular prevention research and education in our community. Support The Hope on May 5th and GiveBIG!



Women's Health Week - May 10-16

women-exercisingNational Women’s Health Week (May 10th – 16th) is celebrated each May to empower women to make their own health a priority. It’s a reminder that self-care is good healthcare. Kicking off on Mother’s Day, this is a week to educate women about simple yet important lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of developing life-threatening illness, such as cardiovascular disease.

Women wear a lot of hats - they’re mothers, wives, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, friends, and fill countless roles in our communities. They nurture others, juggle families and jobs, and efficiently check off the daily to-do list. But do they remember to add “take care of myself” to that list? Not always. Healthy habits take a back seat to other demands, but with a cost to physical and emotional wellbeing.

According to the American Heart Association, only 1 in 5 women in the U.S. believe that cardiovascular disease is the greatest threat to her health. Yet, more women die from heart attack and stroke than from all forms of cancer combined.  So how can women improve their odds?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, sponsor of Women’s Health Week, recommends these heart-healthy lifestyle choices:

  • Get regular check-ups and preventive screenings.
  • Be active! Try to exercise 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
  • Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables but low in saturated fat and salt.
  • Get plenty of sleep and manage stress.
  • Don’t smoke.

If it’s been a while since your blood pressure or cholesterol was checked, schedule a well-woman visit this month. High blood pressure and cholesterol are two easily controlled risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Know your numbers and improve your health.  The Hope Heart Institute’s Women Take Heart web page offers information about signs and symptoms of a heart attack, risk factors and heart-smart choices.

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I Love My Mom

Are you looking for a gift for the mom who has everything?  Consider honoring a special mom who has impacted your life with a donation in her name or in her memory to The Hope Heart Institute.  Please visit our website to make your donation.

May is Stroke Awareness Month!


In the United States someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Stroke is a health emergency and brain attack that cuts off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.

More than 7 million Americans are stroke survivors, and a recent report by the CDC says that stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5. However, stroke remains a leading cause of disability in the U.S and affects more women than men. Learn to recognize the symptoms and act FAST: Face, Arm, Speech, Time to Call 911. This saves lives and limits stroke’s debilitating effects. Visit www.stroke.org to learn more.

Jackie's Story:

My name is Jackie Carr and I am a stroke survivor.  Every day, I did the same thing...always supported the needs of others, never prioritizing my own health.  I'd been diagnosed with high blood pressure with the birth of my daughter, and through trial and error my doctors prescribed a medicine regimen that would control my "silent killer."  It was quite an easy fix, four pills twice per day. The problem was, more often than not, I would forget to take my medicine.

I considered myself to be a SuperMom.  From the moment I woke up to the minute I went to sleep, I was the "get it done" girl for everyone within the household except myself:  breakfast...cooked; laundry....cleaned, errands....completed, kid activities...done!   In the words of my friends, I could leap tall buildings in a single-bound.  With a schedule like mine, who has two minutes to take a pill?

However, my SuperMom status changed on a Thursday afternoon in 2006.  I had a horrible migraine headache and really wanted to take a few minutes to rest, but resisted so that I could make dinner. By that evening, everything in my view was tilting to the left.  I had a horrible headache, but justified it as being a byproduct of my "vertigo" (my own self diagnosis).  The next day, I continued my daily errands and  managed to drive myself to the grocery store. It was once I left the store that I was forced to acknowledge that there was something very wrong.  I could not find my car because I could not recall what type of car I drove. In an instant, my short term memory was gone and I went from remembering everything to remembering nothing.  Fortunately for me, a local neurologist ran the necessary tests to determine that I, like other moms in their early 40's had created a perfect storm for a TIA or “mini stroke”. Migraine combined with uncontrolled high blood pressure.  In the words of my physician, a TIA serves as a warning that lifestyle changes are necessary.

I have since retired my SuperMom cape.  I decided that MY health is far more important than a completed task list. Each day I take my medicine,  exercise, and make healthier food choices. My blood pressure reads textbook numbers (120/80) and while my lifestyle changes may not be a foolproof way to prevent a stroke, I know that I'm definitely living a more heart smart life.


Golf Fore Red Logo_tm (2)Golf Fore Red began as a tribute to the mothers of event co-founders Shelley French and Mary Robinson. Their mothers both died of heart disease. Mary and Shelley, presidents of two different women’s golf associations, organized a memorial golf tournament to unite women golfers around a common cause. Since 2007, Golf Fore Red has raised awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, as well as funds to support The Hope Heart Institute’s education and prevention programs. This amazing women’s only tournament promises fun, camaraderie and of course a little competition! We hope you can join us on July 25th and you are welcome to form your own team!

Ticket price is $150.00. Register here:Register here: http://www.hopeheart.org/events/golf-fore-red/


Draft Day LogoJoin us on June 11th at Pyramid Brewery where we’ll enjoy draft beers, grub and hear stories from Hope supporters. Don’t miss out on this sport spectacular which also features a silent auction with memorabilia from your favorite hometown players and teams, and much more!

This event will raise funds to support our programs with a particular focus on Athlete’s Take Heart. Athletes Take Heart™ is an outreach and education program that raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and provides training in Hands-Only™ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). With community support, awareness, and proper training, we will have the means and the methods to protect our community when an unexpected, possibly fatal heart arrhythmia afflicts a seemingly healthy athlete or young adult.

Ticket price is $45.00. Register here: https://hopeheart.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DraftDay





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