Heart of the Seacoast Social is June 17th in Portsmouth

Raise a glass, dance the night away, and help the American Heart Association in New Hampshire fund lifesaving research and education by attending the “Heart of the Seacoast Social” on Friday, June 17th from 6:30 until 9:30 PM at Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club in Portsmouth. 

 The Association’s only nighttime event in New Hampshire, this annual networking and fundraising event helps educate its attendees about heart disease and stroke. A brief speaking program will feature the event’s chairperson Candace Byrnes, Chief Operating Officer at ZOR411. Not only is Byrnes the leader for this event, she also is a heart disease survivor.  

 A former marathon runner, she discovered she had heart disease after an unusually high blood pressure reading at a doctor’s appointment. She discovered she had an enlarged aortic valve that needed to be closely monitored. A tear in that valve, her doctor said, could be “catastrophic”. While she remains active, she can no longer participate in marathons and must limit her activity to ensure the valve does not tear.  

Candace Byrnes

 “If you think anything is wrong, get it checked out. Go to the doctor, go to your physicals. Even if you’re the healthiest person in the world, there could be something underlying that you don’t know is there,” said Byrnes. “I hope that my story can maybe change somebody else’s life. And if anything is wrong, they can find out as soon as possible.” 

 The Heart of the Seacoast Social is locally sponsored by CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute, Cross Insurance, Executive Health & Sports Center, Service Credit Union, New Hampshire Business Review and New Hampshire Magazine.  

Guests will enjoy live music from The Alex Minasian Quartet to dance the night away. Dress for this event is cocktail attire. Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.   

Tickets are available at http://NHHeartBall.Heart.org. For additional questions, please contact Caela Goumas, the Association’s Event Director, Caela.Goumas@Heart.org