This American Heart Month, we celebrate survivorship and reflect on the powerful impact of giving voice to heart attack survivors and their loved ones.
One year ago, AstraZeneca brought together five heart attack survivors and their caregivers in New York City to connect with one another like never before on the journey after a heart attack. During the event, each survivor opened up about their unique experience, sharing stories of strength, resilience and hope. It was through this gathering that Survivors Have Heart was born—a movement uniting heart attack survivors and providing meaningful support and encouragement to help navigate the daily journey toward recovery.
Surviving a heart attack can be an overwhelming and isolating experience, no matter who you are. The initial focus is often on the physical recovery with little emphasis on the emotional impact of the event. And while the post heart attack journey is different for everyone, survivors don’t have to go through it alone. At our inaugural event in New York City, we saw first-hand the feelings of fear and vulnerability that heart attack survivors so often experience. We also recognized the hope we can instil by helping each survivor take steps to feel like themselves again.
Survivors Have Heart is meant to fill this void by building community, offering stories of support for survivors and their loved ones and providing educational information including simple tips and tricks to help navigate life post heart attack and links to advocacy organizations and other helpful resources.
This Heart Month and year-round, we thank the courageous survivors who continue to share their stories to inspire strength in others. As we look ahead, we will continue to advance the dialogue and expand the Survivors Have Heart community, building deeper understanding around the long-term impact following a heart attack. We look forward to engaging more survivors across the country to offer education and support, reinforcing that survivors are never alone in their journey to recovery.