PITTSBURGH, September 27, 2023 — Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in western Pennsylvania and Tracey Ryan, vice president, Patient Access Service Line at UPMC, is working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, to change that. Ryan is chairperson for the 2023 Greater Pittsburgh Heart Walk.

As chairperson, Ryan is leading the organizational and recruitment efforts in the Greater Pittsburgh region. She is calling on business leaders and the community to join in to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States.

“Every company, CEO, and executive champion has a reason why they choose to participate and why they rally their employees to support this important cause," Ryan said. “This cause has been important to me for a long time. During my nursing career, I spent years caring for people with heart disease. Then it became even more personal. I lost my brother to sudden cardiac death — he was 52. I walk for him. I walk for the countless families like ours. And I walk for the healthcare providers and researchers who are working to keep more families healthy and together.”

The theme of this year’s Heart Walk is “I Walk to Save Lives”. Heart disease and stroke impact people in very personal, life-changing ways. Through the Heart Walk, participants are invited to express, share and be inspired by the reasons WHY they walk.

The Pittsburgh Heart Walk is Saturday, November 4th at Point State Park. Check-in and festivities begin at 8 a.m. It’s a fun and meaningful way to celebrate heart and stroke survivors, raise lifesaving funds and encourage physical activity.

For more information about the Pittsburgh Heart Walk, to register your walk team or to get your company involved, contact Heart Walk directors, Bill Park, bill.park@heart.org, and Shannon Lesnock, shannon.lesnock@heart.org, or visit Heart.org/PittsburghWalk.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For Media Inquiries:

Karen Colbert: karen.colbert@heart.org

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)

heart.org and stroke.org