A glimpse of Heartopia at the Heart & Stroke Walk

In a perfect world, what would you do for your heart? Would you exercise more? Manage your stress better?

We asked our experts at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute what they think a perfect cardiovascular world would look like. They said things like “diets would be based on science, not fads” and “meetings would take place on treadmills, instead of sitting at tables.”

Me? In a perfect world I would see more money spent on cardiovascular research. Which is exactly why I’m walking in the 2015 Portland Heart & Stroke Walk to raise money for critical research through the American Heart Association.

Our institute is working to create new ways to attack cardiovascular disease with help from research funding by the American Heart Association. But in 2014 there was a $2.1 million gap in critical research funding for Oregon. The American Heart Association needs our help to close that gap.

I hope you will join us at the Portland Heart & Stroke Walk at the Portland International Raceway on May 16th and get a glimpse of our vision of Heartopia at the OHSU tent. There will be prizes, special guests and health tips for leading a heart-healthy life.

Even if you’re not perfect, you still can make strides toward a healthy heart. Join us for the Portland Heart & Stroke Walk on May 16th to learn what you can do.


Sanjiv Kaul, MD directs the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute and is the Ernest C Swigert Chair of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Radiology in the School of Medicine. Dr. Kaul pioneered a powerfully effective screening test for the early detection of coronary heart disease. Used more than five million times in patients around the world, myocardial contrast echocardiography combines microbubbles and ultrasound technology to create images of the heart.