Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hyper Heart 5k Race

The Hyper Heart 5k is a walk/run that will be held on May 31, 2014 in Portland ME, and the location is 171 Auburn Street by Lyman Moore Middle School. It will happen in and by that school, as well as the nearby neighborhoods. Proceeds from this race will support the American Heart Association to cover testing, research, and treatment expenses for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which is a heart condition that involves a thickened heart muscle. Though the race will start at 9:00 a.m., all runners are advised to arrive beforehand for registration and check-in. It is expected that it will end around 11:00.

Registration Fees:
-6 and under: $10.00
-Ages 7-14: $15.00
-Over 14 years: $20.00

For the first 25 race participants this fee will include a T-shirt. Anyone who signs up after that will have to pay an extra $5.00 for a race shirt. While money will only be collected at the race when you check-in or register, please reserve your spot today. To contact us email hyperheart5k@gmail.com to sign up, or ask questions.

Some things to keep in mind:

-This race is only for fun, and to grant better lives for people with HCM. It should be understood that this race will not be timed, numbers will not be handed out, and no awards will be given, other than the good feeling of making a difference.

-There will be access to bathrooms inside the school.

-Race will be held rain or shine

-Walkers and runners must stick to the sidewalks or coned areas on the edges of the roads. Traffic control or police officers will likely be available at intersections and assist in holding off traffic.

-Since volunteers will be located at intersections and turns in the roads, be sure to follow their directions in order to continue on the right course.

-Be mindful of others. Please refrain from disruptions that may bother the inhabitants of houses on the roads, and be kind to the other participants.

-Food and drink will be provided, courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts' donation.  There will be a water station halfway through the race, and one stationed at Town and Country Credit Union.


-Hyper Heart will only be accepting cash and checks. Please make checks payable to the American Heart Association. Sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards.

Now that you know about this race, spread the word! It takes many people to make a difference, so tell anyone you know who would be interested. For more information on different heart diseases take the time to visit coronaryarterydiseaseinfo.blogspot.com.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or HCM is an inherited disease passed on throughout generations, that involves a thickened heart muscle. 1 in 500 people have this heart condition in the United States and, unfortunately, there is currently no cure for it. The most common tests for HCM are electrocardiograms, which record the electrical activity of your heart, and echocardiograms, which portray the pumping action of your heart. Doctors also perform an exercise test, angiogram, or a MRI scan.
If you were to find out you had HCM, there are many different treatments. The decision on which treatment/treatments that would be used depend on your symptoms, and how your heart is affected. These treatments include:
-medicine: to help control your blood pressure, heart rhythm, and other symptoms that you may be experiencing
-a pacemaker: to control your heart rate
-an ICD: these are used only if a person is at risk of having a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm
-defibrillator: delivers a strong shock to your heart if it ever stops beating again
-surgery: there are a wide variety of methods for this treatment option

These treatments are very beneficial for HCM patients, and the medical system used to treat it is very solid. But, the system is not consistent enough. That is why research is being conducted to create new technology and procedures, and continue the search for a cure. But this all starts with you. Since you now know about HCM, take the extra step, and get your heart tested to see if you have any heart conditions, including HCM. Take the time to inform people of this disease, and tell them about this website. Your efforts may save lives, even yours! Join the fight to stop the suffering that HCM has caused to so many families.