Walk For The Heart in Chicago and local startup Benecure put the spotlight on health this weekend

Walk For The Heart in Chicago and local startup Benecure put the spotlight on health this weekend

This weekend, the American Heart Association holds it's annual Walk For The Heart in the Chicagoland area. The kickoff began today in Grant Park and will continue Saturday in Downers Grove and Palos Hills and Sunday in Palatine.

Recently, a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that women are less likely than men to have risks factors for heart disease and diabetes. Yet, according to the National Vital Statistics Report, more than 1 out of 4 deaths in Illinois are due to heart disease. In an NBC news article, Center For Disease Control director Dr. Tom Frieden said that "in terms of heart attack and stroke deaths, it’s unfortunate, but your longevity may be more likely to be influenced by your zip code than your genetic code." As our country's leading health issue, heart disease is considered a preventable problem. In the United States, the cost of treating heart disease is $108.9 billion annually, and in mid- to lower-income countries, has been estimated to cause a staggering 6.77% drop in a country’s GDP.

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From CDC Website

While experts continue to underline the causes of heart disease (excessive smoking, drinking, blood pressure, diabetes and junk food ), innovative heart disease treatments and solutions are on the rise. There are a variety of heart health apps on the market, but if you feel like supporting a group of young Chicago entrepreneurs in their effort to save lives, look no further than Benecure.

A local Chicago startup comprised of several recent college grads, has been developing an app that caters to specific needs of people with heart health issues. In 2010, Benecure's award-winning idea won second place at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago's Whiteboard Challenge and they have presented at Ted Talks as well as at numerous tech conventions.

There are only a few days left in Benecure's Indiegogo campaign, which ends on Monday, September 30. Help a local Chicago business save lives by supporting them here.

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