CaroMont Health held the 11th annual Heart Walk last Thursday to help raise
awareness about cardiac disease and to promote heart healthy lifestyles
in Gaston County. The walk attracted more than 600 walkers and teams on
the front lawn at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and raised nearly $18,000.
This total will be donated to the Heart Society of Gaston County, a non-profit
organization serving the cardiac needs of individuals living in Gaston County.
“Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both
men and women, and it is the number one killer in Gaston County,”
said Dr. Mark Thompson, Cardiologist at CaroMont Heart. “Together,
with the Heart Society, we are able to raise awareness about this serious
issue, as well as teach people about leading a healthy lifestyle, in order
to prevent heart attack and disease.”
Cardiovascular disease, commonly called heart disease, is the result of
numerous problems related to a process called atherosclerosis whereby
plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries causing them to narrow making
it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot travels through these
narrow arteries, this can cause a heart attack or stroke. Other types
of heart disease include heart failure, arrhythmia and heart valve problems.
CaroMont Heart, the largest cardiology and vascular practice in Gaston
County, performed nearly 300 heart surgeries in 2013. Nationally ranked
for top quality cardiac care, CaroMont Heart offers five convenient locations
in Gastonia, Belmont, Lincolnton, Shelby and Lake Wylie to provide a complete
range of services and treatments for cardiac care.
The Heart Walk is one of the community’s largest events to raise
money for cardiac care in Gaston County. Participants are encouraged to
form teams to promote the event and raise donations. The top three fundraisers
this year are CaroMont Environmental Services (Soleful Hearts) bringing
in $3,500; CaroMont Heart 200 (Bundled Branch Brigade) raising $1,972;
and CaroMont Heart 300 (Rhythmics) collecting $1,800.
“The Heart Walk is a very special event,” said Renee Anthony,
Director of the Heart Society of Gaston County. “The effort and
enthusiasm of so many people result in significant funding for our programs,
which means that we can more fully meet the needs of people who cannot
afford their cardiac-related medications, reach more adults with cholesterol
and blood pressure screenings, and provide heart health education programs