The statistics on heart-related deaths should grab your attention.
About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, according to health organizations. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 715,000 Ameri-cans suffer a heart attack each year.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight and being inactive contribute to heart problems.
The mission of the American Heart Asso-ciation is to educate people about the causes of heart disease, early warning signs of a heart attack and to fund cardiovascular research that will lead to more effective treatments.
One of AHA’s largest fundraiser’s in East Texas each year — The Heart Ball — is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Villa de Felicita near Tyler. Its theme is “A Night in Casablanca.”
The special honoree will be Todd Cruthird, a vice president at Sudden-Link Communications, who has survived an aortic aneurysm and then, several months later, a stroke. Janis King is the ball’s chairwoman.
“A Night in Casablanca” will include live and silent auctions, dinner, live music for dancing and casino-style games.
The following information is posted on the Heart Ball Facebook page: tylerheartball.ahaevents.org.
“The Tyler Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion, bringing community and philanthropic leaders together.
“Last year, our Heart Ball campaign raised almost $60 million nationwide allowing us to fund the research, advocacy and education programs of the American Heart Association that are necessary for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke in our community and across the country.
“Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do.”
For more information, or to inquire about tickets, go to the website.