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  Nikkya Hargrove, our director of programs, also writes for a publication called Scary Mommy. In a recent article, she spoke about the importance of pediatric cardiac screenings. Read more!   https://www.scarymommy.com/cardiac-health-kids-get-them-screened/  
July is Disability Pride month! A celebration of visibility, advocacy and accessibility, and self love for people with disabilities that began following the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.    Heart failure can often be caused by a disabling condition and a heart transplant procedure itself can be disabling.  Having a disability can affect a person’s life in a number of ways from impacting physical mobility to employment status. A recent AHA publication showed that while 78%
June is Pride Month! Pride Month seeks to celebrate the history and inclusion of LGBT+ people, as well as continue advocating for LGBT+ rights and acceptance. We at Harboring Hearts want to celebrate Pride and discuss the intersectionality between Heart Health and the LGBT+ community.   According to American Heart Association LGBT+ individuals are more likely to be at risk for heart disease than their straight or cis-gendered peers. Harboring Hearts aims to help. While we know heart disease can
Our Annual Family Campaign is one of our favorite events at Harboring Hearts. We know that family is an essential part of every patient’s life and healing, which is why during our Family Campaign 100% of money raised goes directly to helping patients and their families. This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal by over $1,000. Our Family Campaign raised  $26,257! Thank you to all you bought products from our Heart Art Shop. (link to our Heart Art Shop)  
In May, Jeff Green, an NBA player with the Brooklyn Nets, surprised two Harboring Hearts heart patients over Zoom. In 2012, Jeff had emergency heart surgery which unexpectedly put his entire basketball career on hold. After recovering from his surgery, Jeff fought his way back to the NBA. Needless to say, Jeff has an inspiring story to share.                          Jeff Green and his wife, Stephanie     During each
The COVID 19 vaccine is available to New Yorkers ages 16 and over. This brings about the question for many heart patients and their families as to whether it is safe for them to get the vaccine. It also brings about the question as to whether the vaccine will keep heart patients safe from the COVID- 19 virus. Here at Harboring Hearts, we wanted to give information on the COVID 19 vaccine and the effect it will have. Addressing the
As we head into Spring and Summer and as the weather gets nicer it is a great time to get you and your family outdoors doing activities and exercising. Outdoor activities and exercise can greatly benefit you and your heart health.  One great benefit of outdoor exercise is it can be a great way to start your cardiovascular health journey. According to Piedmont Healthcare “Walking outdoors is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re new to exercise.” Being able to
  For our families, one of the barriers they face on their heart journey is having healthy food options. In 2020, more than half of the grants we gave out to families, were for food. We know that one major aspect of supporting your heart is through having a heart-healthy diet. Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association “A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons
  February 1st kicks off Heart Month as well as Black History Month! Here at Harboring Hearts, we want to celebrate and honor the connection as well as spread awareness of the intersection between our work and Black History Month.    American Heart Month was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 when he made a Presidential Proclamation in December 1963. He declared that the month February (starting in February 1964) would be American Heart Month. American Heart Month
10 Facts about Children’s Cardiomyopathy – from the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic illness of the heart muscle that causes the heart to decrease its ability to pump blood. In severe cases, it can lead to heart failure. There are five forms of cardiomyopathy: dilated (DCM), hypertrophic (HCM), restrictive (RCM), arrhythmogenic right ventricular (ARVC) cardiomyopathy, and left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). Each of these forms is based on a different part of the heart muscle being affected. Cardiomyopathy