A new health campaign educates people about the risks of heart attack through art and augmented reality.
The Hidden Risk campaign kicked off with an art installation in New York. Artist Alexa Meade painted heart attack survivors into life-size murals to symbolize the “hidden” risks of heart attack and highlight personal stories of survival.
For heart attack survivor Yesenia, addressing her hidden risk meant understanding the role her family history played.
“When I finally went to an emergency room, they couldn’t make sense of it either because of my age and symptoms. But that fateful day I actually experienced two heart attacks,” said Yesenia. “Now I know that heart attacks can happen at any age, that the symptoms can be different for women, that family history is a strong indicator of risk. My father had diabetes and died of a heart attack at 64.”
Many patients don’t realize that factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history or stress increases the risk for a heart attack. The warning signs of a heart attack can be different for everyone, but discomfort such as squeezing, pressure, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back is the hallmark of a heart attack.
Bayer®Aspirin launched the campaign with the Mended Hearts and WomenHeart organizations. By visiting YourHiddenRisk.com, you can learn more about your hidden risk factors and launch an augmented reality experience that creates a selfie on your smartphone for sharing on Facebook or Instagram. For every selfie shared with #YourHiddenRisk through March 12, 2020, Bayer®Aspirin will donate $1.00 to Mended Hearts or WomenHeart† up to $50,000‡.
*WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
** Donation amount will be evenly distributed amongst Mended Hearts and WomenHeart; purchase is not required
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