An Alert to Women about Heart Disease

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Take It To Heart™ is on a mission to educate women about the risk of heart disease and the steps you can take to reduce those risks.  We want to help you reach your goal of a stronger, healthier life.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined. Yet, most women fear breast cancer more than heart disease.  We can help you reduce your risks. If you want to test your knowledge of heart disease please take The Quiz™.

We hope you will take our four step Challenge™ to learn more about combating heart disease. Getting started is the hardest part so let’s take that first step together.

DSC_0395Take it To Heart™ 2014 Free Health Screening a Great Success!

“You need to go to the hospital right now!”
“Your blood pressure is way too high!”
“You’re on the right track; keep doing what you’re doing!”

These are just some of the things doctors at Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular institute told folks who attended this year’s Take It To Heart™ event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. More than 800-residents from the northside, southside, eastside and westside came with one purpose in mind:  to get serious about their health!

For some, it was the first time ever attending,  for many others, they’ve come year, after year,  after year. All came to take advantage of the opportunity for free health screenings and  to speak with nutritionists, pharmacists, paramedics and doctors.  Each person had the unique opportunity to have one-on-one conversations, evaluations and recommendations from some of the top health specialists in Jacksonville!

DSC_0389Memorial Hospital,  Walgreens, Channel 4, The Local Station and Baker-Gilmour Cardiovascular Institute host this annual event, now in its 11th year!

It’s become the place to be for women who are making it a priority to put their health first!  Take It To Heart™ is a local non-profit organization dedicated to making sure women understand that heart disease and strokes are their silent killers!  Together they kill more women each year than all cancers combined.

It’s so important that women understand the signs and symptoms of heart disease.   We encourage you to take our Take It To Heart Challenge™ to help you take control of your own heart health!


Walgreens is Proud to Partner with Take it To Heart™

Mike Carralero, District Manager Jacksonville East 116, talks about why Walgreens believes in the Take It To Heart™ Mission


“Walgreens is proud to partner with Take It To Heart™ to help raise awareness of heart health for women in the greater Jacksonville area. Our partnership culminates in the annual “Take it To Heart™” event which provides free health screenings to members of the community that may not otherwise have access to these services.

The mission of Take It To Heart ™ mirrors Walgreens’ mission statement of helping others get, stay, and live well. Through this partnership we can directly impact the lives of members in the community beyond the scope of our ‘brick and mortar’ stores.

Through this three year partnership we have administered over 6,000 health screenings and have more than 3,200 members registered on the Take it To Heart™ website.”

Check Out Our Heart Smart Recipes

This Month:  Lemon Dill Potato Salad

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 3.06.27 PMWe are teaming up with Memorial Hospital to bring you Heart Smart Recipes. These delicious dishes are curated by the hospital nutritionist just for you. Every month we bring you a great tasting, healthy new recipe.  You can download and print out the recipes and add them to your personal cook book.

After you try the recipe at home please let us know how it turned out.  You can post your thoughts along with any suggestions in our Healthy Heart Forum.  To download the recipes click on the Living Heart Healthy button and look for Heart Smart Recipes.  Do you have favorite recipe that could use a Heart Smart makeover?  Click here to send it to us and we will have our experts look it over.  They may choose your recipe to revise and share with all of our Challenge™ participants.

THScreenAre You Taking the Take It To Heart Challenge™?

Thousands of people have signed up for the Take It To Heart Challenge™ to get on the road to a heart healthy life.  Our spring screening event was a huge success with hundreds of people coming to the Jacksonville Fairgrounds for their free health screening.  They have joined in the Take It To Heart Challenge™.

If you are taking The Challenge™ we want to hear from you.  Share your story with us by posting in the Healthy Heart Forum.   We want to build a community of support for you as you go through the four steps of The Challenge™.

Our doctors will visit the forum and offer ideas and suggestions to help you successfully reach your goals. You can also post your comments on our Facebook page.

The Truth About Women and Heart Disease...

Heart disease devastates women’s lives. Women who have heart attacks in the age range of 35-50 die twice as often as men. 2/3 of women who survive heart attacks will have long-term disability after the attack. In the United States, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke while 1 in 30 die of breast cancer. For the past 50 years, heart disease research has focused on men in the mistaken belief that the results were equally applicable to both men and women. Wrong. Statistics prove otherwise.

Our Philosophy

If you are a woman, today is the day to get moving! Arm yourself with knowledge. Read this website often. Register to take The Challenge™. See your doctor. Come to one of our free screenings. Take care of yourself. The people who love you will thank you!

Interesting Facts….

  • In 2006, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) claimed the lives of 320,000 women; cancer (all forms combined) claimed 270,000.
  • 8% of the women who suffer from heart attacks will perish within first year.
  • Two thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.
  • CVD is particularly important amongst minority women. The death rate due to CVD is substantially higher for African-American and Hispanic women than white women.
  • In the United States, 1 in 3 women perish from heart disease or stroke; 1 in 30 perish from breast cancer.