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2018 Tampa Heart Walk sets fundraising record

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The 2018 Tampa Heart Walk raised $4.3 Million, the most ever in its 25-year history.

On Saturday, 35,000 people came out to Raymond James Stadium to hit the pavement for the Heart Walk.

WFLA 8 On Your Side Anchor Stacie Schaible hosted the opening ceremony. She, alongside dozens of others, represented WFLA as the News Channel 8 Heart Walk team. With the community’s support News Channel 8 raised more than $136,000.

The money raised not only helps patients in our own community, but also funds lifesaving research and education for adults and children at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Heart Facts:

  • About 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year- that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
  • Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people.
  • Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Stroke Facts:

  • Strokes kill about 140,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,00 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.

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