Greater Washington area heart walk to promote healthier living
ARLINGTON, Virginia – COVID-19 has highlighted inequalities in health care, and this year’s Greater Washington area heart walk aims to raise funds to close that gap and lead people to healthier lives .
Cynthia Cifuentes, President of this year Heart challenge, said she was forced to get involved after watching her father struggle with heart problems without health insurance as a child. At nine, she witnessed her first heart attack, which had a major impact on her life; a fight for health, she said, that walking aims to alleviate by supporting research and encouraging healthier lifestyles.
âMost importantly, I think I know and understand now how he could have taken steps early on to avoid some of his health issues later in life,â Cifuentes explained. âA lot of that comes from just having access to healthy food, walking in the park, and so on. “
She stressed that the long-term impact of the coronavirus will continue to affect cardiovascular health. To stay safe, this year’s walk on November 6, hosted by the American Heart Association, will be held both online and in person at the National Mall. Go to GrandWashingtonHeartWalk.org to be involved.
Cifuentes’ father survived, but she believes he hasn’t fully recovered from his heart attack and has been taking medication since. She said the pandemic had raised fears for her safety, as well as many other Americans with heart disease, which made this year’s march particularly critical, after a year and a half of pandemic worry and isolation. .
“It’s a moment in time when it gives us time to get out of our chairs, our desks, our homes,” Cifuentes urged. “You can even do it at home and move. And part of mental health is your physical health too, and how for your overall well-being, movement is a vital part of that.”
A Journal of the American Medical Association One study showed that 78% of patients who recovered from COVID-19 at home in the previous two to three months had heart abnormalities and 60% had continued heart inflammation.
Source: Virginia News Connection