Did you know that heart disease is currently the #1 cause of death in the United States? It happens all too often that tragedy strikes and a loved one suffers a massive heart attack without knowing the signs or symptoms. You can be perfectly healthy, exercise regularly, and still fall victim to heart disease. During the month of February, we want to help spread awareness about heart health, and how you can support the cause year round.
The Heart Foundation
Our nonprofit cause partner, The Heart Foundation, is on a mission to save lives by increasing awareness of heart disease, promoting early detection, and supporting the innovative research taking place at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute under the direction of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah.
Inspired by the loss of Steven Cohen who died unexpectedly of a tragic heart attack at the age of 35, The Heart Foundation works tirelessly to ensure that one day we will live in a world where no life is lost to heart disease.
What is Heart Disease?
1 in 7 Americans die from heart related issues. According to The Heart Foundation, “Heart disease is actually a broad term used for a wide variety of diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disorders called arrhythmias and defects of the heart present at birth, also called congenital heart defects.” It is important to note that Heart Disease is not just referring to heart attacks, although as you continue reading, you’ll find how prevalent they are in our country.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. This statistic is not meant to scare you, but to bring awareness to an issue that often goes unmentioned in our country. Here are a few ways The Heart Foundation says you can recognize a heart attack:
- Loss of consciousness- this can be the first symptom of a heart attack
- Shortness of breath or fatigue a few days to a few weeks may occur before an attack
- Pain in the middle of the chest that spreads to the back, jaw, or arms
- Gas like pain or pressure that is often mistaken for indigestion during an attack
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Nausea & vomiting which are sometimes mistaken for food poisoning or the stomach flu
- Bluishness of the lips, hands or feet
- Heavy pounding of the heart or abnormal heart rhythms
- Feelings of restlessness, sweatiness, or anxiety
You can review The Heart Foundation’s recommendations for reducing your risk here.
Wines that Support Heart Health
At ONEHOPE, our mission is to bring together a community that makes the world better through memorable wine and experiences. That is why each bottle of our handcrafted wines gives back to a different nonprofit around the world.
Every bottle of our Vintner California Merlot helps educate 1 person about their risks and symptoms of heart disease through The Heart Foundation. To date, you’ve helped us make a cumulative impact of educating 133,468 people about heart disease. If you are looking for ways to help us increase this impact even further, here are a few things you can do to help:
- Make a donation online to The Heart Foundation
- Become a Preferred Customer and select “The Heart Foundation” to donate an additional 10% to each year
- Host a wine tasting with ONEHOPE and donate a portion of the proceeds from your event to The Heart Foundation
- Shop our Vintner California Merlot that gives back to the cause
- Become a Cause Entrepreneur with ONEHOPE and raise money for nonprofits you care about, like The Heart Foundation, each and every day
The ONEHOPE Wine Team