2 BIGHEARTS.
ONE BIG MISSION.

Through exclusive research initiatives and ongoing education, 2 BigHearts works to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 health risk to women, with the ultimate goal of changing healthcare industry policy and make the most comprehensive cardiac testing the standard for all women.

MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

Could you imagine your wife and her sister dying on the same day, 90 minutes apart, both from the same undiagnosed heart condition? Not in my wildest dreams could I have fathomed something so tragic and world-shattering. But yet it happened. And from my greatest loss in life has come my greatest gain: the 2 BigHearts Foundation. Thank you to all those who support our amazing cause, helping us tell the story of Gigi and Sally, and helping us get the message out that heart disease kills more women each year than any other disease — 10 times more deadly than breast cancer.

For those who have yet to get involved with 2 BigHearts, the uniqueness of our effort lies in our free heart screening program, which can detect silent heart conditions like the one that took the lives of my wife and her sister. The data we’ve collected since 2004 has been shocking, suggesting that heart disease exists in a significantly higher number of women than conventionally thought. We use our eye-opening statistics to rally all women and the entire healthcare community against this preventable disease. Our vision is to see the 2 BigHeart’s-style screening recognized as the industry standard and be made available to all women at their annual check-up, even those without symptoms. We urge you to get involved.

Regards,
jim clarke
Jim Clarke, Founder

 

 

 

EVENTS

The 2014 Run/Walk results
and photo gallery are here!

Thanks to all who participated in the 2 BigHearts Annual Memorial Weekend 5K Run/Walk! We appreciate you supporting our cause!

(Click here to see 2014 race results)
(Click here to see 2014 age category results)

FREE HEART SCREENINGS

Since 2004, 2 BigHearts has proudly funded more than 1,600 1,974 highly comprehensive heart screenings to women, at absolutely no cost to them. Unlike a typical visit to a physician’s office, our heart screenings include a resting echocardiogram, which can detect nonsymptomatic heart conditions, like one Gigi and Sally had.

Our results have been profound, confirming our nation’s worst fears on obesity, elevated lipids and, most amazingly, that an unusually high percentage of women have evidence of a tendency for heart disease.

Proudly, our free screenings have helped a significant number of women discover previously undiagnosed heart issues, and even helped several women detect cardiac issues that needed immediate attention. (learn more)

Prevention - please show your doctor

 


 

 

 

 
 
 
 

To the friends of the 2 BigHearts Foundation,

It has been ten years since we lost Gigi and Sally: ten years of loss, remembrance and, still, disbelief.

In these ten years, there is also pride — pride in having known them and cherished them for all those wonderful years.

There is also profound pride in our response to this avoidable — completely avoidable — double-tragedy. This pride is manifested wholeheartedly in the establishment and good work of the 2 BigHearts Foundation which was established ten years ago this week.

The mission of the 2 BigHearts Foundation has always been and remains raising awareness among women that heart disease is their number-one health care risk. The 2 BigHearts Foundation is awareness. Sadly, awareness of the risks of undiagnosed heart disease is something Gigi or Sally did not possess. If they had known that heart disease is a woman's number-one health care risk Sally — especially Sally — would have made sure that she had her heart checked thoroughly. And she would have made sure that her beloved sister, Gigi, had done so as well.

There is also a great deal of pride in the 2 BigHearts Foundation model of significantly funding free screenings for women; real, comprehensive screenings designed so that if Gigi and Sally were to have participated they would have been flagged with an abnormal echocardiogram. To date, we have screened almost 2,000 women, free to every one of them.

The data we collect from these screenings are interesting and alarming at the same time. Along with finding that some 50% of those screened are overweight, 24% of those women had abnormal EKG and a remarkable 7% exhibited abnormal echocardiograms. We have found many women with previously undiagnosed issues, even women in the 20’s with very serious cardiac concerns. Alarmingly we have found that the likelihood of an event that took Gigi and Sally is so much more likely to occur than conventionally thought.

These women who participated in our free screenings now know much more about their risk of developing a serious heart ailment. And today they have a chance to act. Gigi and Sally had no chance. If they knew that heart disease was their number-one health care risk they, especially Sally, would have done something about it. These two big hearts were tremendous people, and they are missed.

So we are ten years on, and we remember. We remember how much they meant to us and how much we miss them. But we take enormous pride and resolve in the accomplishments we’ve made, and in the future potential of the 2 BigHearts Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support of the 2 BigHearts Foundation.

Jim Clarke

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