As a pediatric cardiac surgeon, the most rewarding part of the day was witnessing the significant participation from the general population who seemed genuinely intent on making an impact on their own health as well as the health of others.
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) May 24, 2012
Pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Marco Paliotta http://drpaliotta.com joined more than 7,500 participants, including several other physicians and nurses from the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in the American Heart Association’s 2012 Central Oklahoma Heart Walk in Oklahoma City.
“As a pediatric cardiac surgeon, the most rewarding part of the day was witnessing the significant participation from the general population who seemed genuinely intent on making an impact on their own health as well as the health of others,” Dr. Paliotta says.
The AHA Central Oklahoma Heart Walk participants – ranging from individuals including Dr. Paliotta to large groups such as OU Medicine - raised more than a quarter of a million dollars this year that will go toward cardiovascular education and research, advocacy and support, according to the AHA website.
“I’m looking forward to participating in next year’s heart walk as well as participating in and supporting through donations other American Heart Association events,” Dr. Paliotta says.
Dr. Paliotta is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Science Center specializing in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. In addition to his support of the American Heart Association, Dr. Paliotta is an active volunteer with the International Children’s Heart Foundation, Corazon Con Esperanza and Habitat For Humanity.
More than one in four Oklahomans is killed by heart disease. The American Heart Association is the biggest and oldest volunteer organization committed to raising awareness and fighting heart disease in the United States.
You can read more about Dr. Paliotta at his blog http://drpaliotta.com