According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, with cardiovascular disease claiming a life roughly every 30 seconds.
The general term ‘heart disease’ is comprised of various cardiovascular afflictions which develop because of genetics, lifestyle choices, or a combination of different factors and predispositions. Common, more specific diagnoses of heart disease can include:
Heart disease can present itself through the onset of various symptoms, including:
Consulting with your physician in the event any of the above symptoms manifest themselves may be a prudent action, as these symptoms can not only have the effect of limiting and restricting one’s activities but can also potentially be a warning sign of something life threatening.
With prevention of heart disease in mind, developing good eating habits and undertaking various heart healthy activities can have the effect of increasing overall heart health. Harvard Medical School recommends adopting several small changes to diet and activity to maintain and improve cardiovascular health and fitness.
Members of our Donor Community have provided cardiovascular researchers the means necessary to develop new, more effective devices, procedures, and techniques intended to restore heart health and functionality which, in turn, increase patient vitality and longevity. Recent advancements toward improved heart health, care, and treatment include the ongoing development of:
Beyond research and development, Science Care Donors play an integral part in ensuring cardiovascular specialists and surgeons gain the practical experience, knowledge, and competency necessary to save lives and improve patient quality of life.
Members of our Donor Community consistently afford medical professionals the opportunity to engage in hands-on training intended to:
The heart is an organ which is vital to our individual survival and existence. As such, it is so collectively revered within our society that we associate this organ with love, selflessness, kindness, and generosity — intangible qualities and characteristics without which we would be unable to survive or exist.
Through the act of body donation to science — an act which has the effect of advancing medical science and improving quality of life for generations to come — each member of our Donor Community exemplifies exactly what it means to have a "big heart." Our most sincere thanks, appreciation, and admiration is extended to to all members of our Donor Community and their loved ones.