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Dear Hearts

Posted On March 5, 2020


By Catherine Ramsey



Heart disease affects 1 in 3 people in the Midlands, but many don’t realize that statistic includes some of the community’s smallest hearts. While heart disease and stroke in adults are 80% preventable, one in 100 children are born with a congenital heart defect-- children like Elise Hansford

At only 6 years old, Elise, has already overcome obstacles many will never experience. Elise was born with a congenital heart defect, the most common birth defect.

After a routine doctor’s visit, their pediatrician heard a murmur and sent them for testing. At 4 months old, Elise was diagnosed with Primum ASD and a cleft development of her heart. After monitoring her condition over the next few years, it was determined in the spring of 2019 that her condition had worsened, and Elise would require open heart surgery.   Elise triumphed over heart surgery and even performed in the Annual Nutcracker ballet performance.

Elise was featured at the 30th Anniversary Midlands Heart Ball on February 21 and will be celebrated as the Midlands Heart Walk’s Heart Hero on March 28.  The Midlands Heart walk is the American Heart Association’s mission in action.  By participating in the Heart Walk, you’re joining a million Heart Heros from across the nation raising funds for lifesaving science. Science that can teach us all how to live longer and be Healthy For Good.

Your support of the American Heart Association’s mission helps to save lives like Elise’s right here in the Midlands. Let’s take steps together to cure heart disease and stroke.

To learn more or to participate in the Midlands Heart Walk, please visit www.midlandsheartwalk.org

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