For nearly a century, the American Heart Association has been an advocate for prevention and detection of heart disease. From its humble beginning, with the talent and tenacity of six cardiologists, AHA has become the country’s largest volunteer organization. This mission fulfillment work includes the support of 144 national affiliates with more than 33 million patrons; all united as a pioneer for building longer, healthier lives.
American Heart Association Hot Springs Heart Ball Chairmen Lori and Eric Bowen will welcome guests to the Hot Springs Convention Center to celebrate the AHA legacy of leadership. As a cardiologist at National Park Medical Center, Dr. Bowen recognizes the importance of a more equitable, accessible health system for all Arkansans with a finite focus in the perceived risks of the global pandemic. “This past year, we saw a dangerous and disturbing trend as people across the country and right here in our community delayed their health care out of fear of COVID-19,” explains Dr. Bowen. “In Hot Springs, our neighbors continue to delay care for serious heart attack symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath, which can ultimately be the difference between life and death.”
Presented by National Park Medical Center, the Hot Springs Heart Ball reflects the organization’s unwavering commitment to research and education that is paramount to saving lives in communities across the state. Proceeds support advocacy platforms that improve the welfare of all Arkansans. A highlight of the evening is the formal introduction of the 2022 Sweethearts. The Sweetheart Program provides a unique opportunity for high school sophomores to participate in a comprehensive program designed to teach heart-healthy initiatives and cultivate civic responsibility. As a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives – the Bowens realize prevention is paramount. Dr. Bowen adds, “It’s more important than ever that we reach our community to share the signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, and to treat them as the emergency they are.”