NASCAR® legend’s AFib awareness campaign supports American Heart Association initiative

September 03, 2014 Categories: Program News

(DALLAS) Sept. 3, 2014 — NASCAR® legend Michael Waltrip and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen), invite you to ride along on his custom designed race car for a good cause — raising awareness about a type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (AFib), and supporting the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s work aimed at making a difference for the 2.7 million American living with this condition.

Visit to read about Waltrip’s firsthand experience with AFib after his mother suffered a disabling stroke as a result of the condition. Upload your picture to the site, and it might be selected to be one of the photos of supporters Waltrip will feature on the custom design of the #66 Toyota Camry he’ll race on Oct. 19 at the Talladega Superspeedway. For every eligible photo uploaded throughout Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month in September, Janssen will make a contribution, up to $75,000, to the American Heart Association.*

“AFib is associated with an increased risk of heart-related death and a five times greater risk of stroke, but many people don’t fully recognize how serious and debilitating this condition can be,” said Patrick Ellinor, an association spokesperson and Director of Arrhythmia/Step Down Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center in Boston. “We’re grateful for the generous support of Michael Waltrip and Janssen to help us improve the lives of people living with AFib.”

This fall, the American Heart Association will be launching an interactive online community — My AFib Experience — to offer emotional support and practical resources and education to help people better manage and treat their condition.

Learn more at

* The American Heart Association is a beneficiary in this AFib and stroke awareness educational program. American Heart Association’s participation is not an endorsement of any Janssen product or service. Visit for photo submission guidelines, terms and conditions.


The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at

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