Every 38 seconds, an American dies from cardiovascular disease (CVD). While overall mortality rates have declined over the last decade, CVD remains the cause of 1 out of every 3 American deaths—nearly 1.5 times the mortality of all cancers combined. However, the most alarming statistic is that many of these deaths could have been prevented. Despite extraordinary advances in the identification and management of CVD, the greatest contributors to the incidence and progression of CVD are modifiable risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and inadequate management of concomitant disease states. As the population across the US and much of the world becomes increasingly sedentary and obese, cardiovascular disease has emerged as one of the most significant public health challenges of our time.


Purpose: The purpose of Operation Heart is to make the community aware of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and to demonstrate how simple lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can reduce their risk of heart disease. We are focused on promoting awareness and prevention measures to reduce cardiovascular risk and fight cardiovascular disease.

For any Operation Heart questions regarding participation or additional information please contact Operation Heart Baltimore Chair Jenn Miller (jennifer.miller@umaryland.edu) or Operation Heart Shady Grove Chair JC Mbimba(j.mbimba@umaryland.edu).