Thousands Turn Out for Annual Heart Walk

More than 10,000 participants gathered for the annual Miami-Dade Heart Walk, uniting to inspire change, create hope and celebrate success on October 29, World Stroke Day. The event, co-sponsored by UHealth-University of Miami Health System and the Miller School of Medicine, was held Saturday, October 29, at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus of Florida International University in South Miami-Dade. This year, the American Heart Association and volunteer leadership raised more than $700,000.

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., who served as ambassador for the American Heart Association, addressed the crowd that morning, encouraging them to make even small lifestyle changes to achieve better cardiovascular health. As a cardiologist, he said, he has seen the damage from heart disease, and those changes can start by “parking farther away at the mall or by taking the stairs instead of the elevator.”

Immediate Past President of the American Heart Association Ralph Sacco, M.D., Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Diseases, and Professor and Chair of Neurology, was also at the walk. Staff from UHealth and the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education provided demonstrations of the newest basic life-support guidelines.

The annual walk brings together corporate sponsors, walk teams, individual walkers, survivors of heart disease and stroke, and lifestyle change heroes who are all taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle while raising funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 leading killers, respectively, of American men and women. Proceeds go toward research, education and community programs.

Activities at the event included a special kids’ zone, health screenings, games, and entertainment.

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