Donate to Heart Attack Research, Patient Care and Education

Heart disease, including heart attack, is the leading cause of death in the United States. A heart attack occurs when the heart does not have enough oxygen, and blood flow to the heart is decreased or blocked. This process causes damage to, or the death of, part of the heart muscle. The American Heart Association estimates that every 40 seconds, someone experiences a heart attack. 

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of heart attack-related research, prevention and treatment, you will provide essential support to the specialists at Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute as they deliver exceptional care to patients who have experienced a heart attack. Your generosity also will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine remains at the forefront of the understanding and prevention of heart attacks.

Symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person. Some people may experience mild pain and discomfort, while others may experience acute pain and may have a sudden and intense heart attack. The following symptoms are considered cardinal signs of a heart attack:  

  • Chest discomfort — This involves discomfort in the center of the chest, which can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body — Experiencing pain or discomfort spreading to the shoulders, arms, back, teeth or neck                      
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness and unexplained fatigue

There are a variety of risk factors for heart attack and other forms of cardiovascular disease. While many risk factors can be controlled, others–such as age, family history and ethnicity–cannot be changed or removed. Among the major risk factors for a heart attack are: high blood pressure, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, family history of heart attack, diabetes, stress, obesity and excessive saturated fat in the diet. To lessen an individual’s risk of coronary artery disease and  heart attack, the specialists at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute are likely to recommend certain lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking, making sound nutritional choices, losing weight, reducing stress however possible, limiting alcohol and increasing exercise.

By making a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help physicians and scientists at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute to advance vital research in the area of heart attack and overall heart disease. Aided by your support, our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiac behavioral health specialists will be able continually enhance the prevention-related education, the diagnostic services and the state-of-the-art clinical care that they provide to every patient who seeks cardiovascular care at Northwestern Medicine.

Heart Attack Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Thousands of people are at risk of suffering a heart attack, and you have the power to reach out to them through your generosity. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to fund innovative research at Northwestern Medicine that has the potential to improve the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of various types of heart disease, including heart attack. Your support will help to provide life-changing, and even lifesaving, cardiovascular care to many patients.

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