#happylife: Sacred Heart receives special delivery to kick off American Heart Month

#happylife: Sacred Heart receives special delivery to kick off American Heart Month

February is known as American Heart Month. A time for conversation about heart disease and the ways to best prevent it. One of the best ways to do that is to start early.

How early, though?

Last week, the American Heart Association dropped off red hats for newborns at Sacred Heart Hospital. The donation was a part of the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign. The knitted hats were made by volunteers in the area to celebrate the start of American Heart Month. The hats are handed out to thousands of babies across the country to symbolize their message of heart-healthy lives foe everyone. It also raises awareness of congenital heart defects.

Holly Tucci with the American Heart Association was on hand to make deliveries. Holly was born with congenital heart disease. She’s a heart warrior now for herself, and also for her son who was born with the same defect. To new mothers going through the same thing, her biggest advice is to build a team.

“Build a team with all the people that are involved so that way you can ask the questions and feel comfortable asking the questions and wondering ‘what if this? And what if this? And as they get older, what do I do next?’ We are navigating that with our 5 year old right now.”

Holly says the strides being made in the heart health field are like night and day from when she was growing up. She received her first of 8 pacemakers at 9 years old. It was practically unheard of at the time.

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