RWJBarnabas Health will partner again this year with the American Heart Association to raise awareness and funds for vital cardiovascular research.
Bill Arnold, MHA, president of RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) Southern Region, will chair the American Heart Association’s Virtual Heart Walk to be held this fall.
This year’s goal is to raise $175,000 for cardiovascular research to prevent strokes, correct heart defects in babies and find better ways to treat high blood pressure. The march is taking place virtually to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
With the pandemic keeping people home, the American Heart Association is taking a new approach to keeping the Shoreline Heart Walk event going by going virtual. Heart Walk teams will not physically meet in person, but participants will meet virtually to move at home or in their neighborhood. The march will take place at 9 a.m. on October 25.
Participants are encouraged to share selfies and comment along the way, using #LifeIsWhyNJ.
“We are thrilled to have Bill Arnold lead our 2020 campaign,” said Tara Novak, Regional Director of Shoreline NJ at the American Heart Association. “With his involvement, we have the potential to reach new heights of success and community impact. We are grateful for the continued support of RWJBarnabas Health. Many system leaders sit on our boards and committees or chair events and campaigns. We know that together we can make a difference in the fight and prevention of a disease that affects so many people.
“We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association – an organization dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Arnold, who leads the region. south of RWJBH encompassing Toms River Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Monmouth Medical Center in Lakewood, as well as an extensive network of primary and specialty care offices and outpatient care centers in the counties of Monmouth and Ocean. “This year in particular, we as hospital organizations are very grateful for their help in raising awareness that when an emergency occurs, hospitals remain the safest place, even during a pandemic.”
He notes that while hospitals in the southern region of RWJBH have continued to care for patients in emergency situations such as heart attacks and strokes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to wards emergency fell sharply during the height of the coronavirus crisis, in New Jersey and nationally. .
“We are concerned about this because we know that delaying care for many conditions can lead to disability and even death, and these risks are unnecessary,” he said. “We want our community to know that they are not protecting their health by staying away, they are putting it at risk. And the American Heart Association is helping us spread that message with its ‘Don’t Die of Doubt’ public awareness campaign which focuses on how hospitals keep people safe and urges anyone with symptoms of heart attack or stroke not to delay the search for emergency. care.”
The Heart Walk supports the mission of the American Heart Association and now, more than ever, highlights the benefits of staying physically active. Forty percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are stroke survivors or people with heart disease, which is why the American Heart Association is investing in new research and training frontline workers , while continuing to fight heart disease and stroke.
And Arnold notes that the pandemic introduced a new wrinkle: a striking increase in strokes among COVID-19 patients as young as their 30s and 40s, who had no stroke risk factors or other symptoms of stroke. COVID-19.
“This new risk makes it all the more important that people act when they have symptoms of stroke,” he said. “I urge people to pay attention to the suddenness of symptoms, which may include confusion and severe headaches, and to call 911 to be taken to hospital immediately.”
To register and learn more about the Heart of the Shore Virtual Walk, visit www.shorelineheartwalk.org.
To reach a Monmouth County or Ocean County Cardiac Specialist, call 888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/heart.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, visit www.heart.org/.