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GUARDaHEART to Host Exclusive Event focused on Targeting Heart Disease in Celebration of the World Heart Day Mission

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GUARDaHEART, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting heart disease through awareness and prevention, announced that it will host a special event on September 28th in recognition of The World Heart Federation's World Heart Day.



The World Heart Day mission is to stress the importance of heart disease prevention, from childhood through adulthood. Heart disease remains the #1 killer in many countries, including the U.S., yet it is well known 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease can be avoided with early detection and lifestyle modifications.

The black tie James Bond-themed event on September 28th is focused on "Targeting Heart Disease" and will highlight which actions can be taken to reduce the risk of heart disease with a core message: "LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT." The mission of World Heart Day will be presented by His Highness, Sheik Khalid Bin Jabor Al Thani in partnership with corporate sponsor Aviir, Inc. GUARDaHEART will be presenting three prestigious honors at the event: the National Heart Award, International Heart Award, and the American Hero Award.  An elite Honorary Committee includes:

Physicians: His Highness, Sheik Khalid Bin Jabor Al Thani, MD, Dr. Douglas Harrington (USC Keck School of Medicine), Dr. Nathan Wong (UCI Director, Heart Disease Prevention Program), Dr. Shaista Malik (UCI Assistant Professor of Cardiology), and Dr. Rico Simonini (Cardiologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center).

Dignitaries: Assemblyman Donald Wagner, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, and Assemblyman Travis Allen.

Celebrities: Actors Kevin Sorbo and Eric Roberts.

Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, shaken, not stirred cocktails, delectable cuisine, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event go to providing education, detection, and prevention resources for the global community including  members of the military, first responders, and low-income families.

The Orange County event location will be disclosed by invitation-only.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit and click on "Events."

To learn more about available sponsorship opportunities, or to donate to GUARDaHEART, contact


About World Heart Day
World Heart Day, celebrated on September 29th each year, was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease is the world's leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising. By 2030, it is expected that 23 million people will die from heart disease annually - that is more than the population of Australia.

About Aviir
Aviir was founded in 2005 by a group of cardiologists and scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Aviir is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative diagnostic tests, with an emphasis on identifying patients at risk of a cardiac event. Aviir's proprietary MIRISK® and MIRISK VP™ cardiac tests have demonstrated significant improvement in the identification of individuals at risk of a heart attack.  Aviir's CLIA-certified laboratory in Irvine, CA also offers a wide range of standard of care testing in addition to testing for cardiovascular assessment and therapeutic monitoring of cardiovascular disease and related metabolic disorders – including advanced pharmacogenomic and genetic tests. The company has adopted a unique clinical laboratory service model to provide physicians better diagnostic tools to help improve the cardiovascular health of their patients. The company is privately owned and funded by leading life science venture capital firms. Please visit for more information.

GUARDaHEART is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness and powering prevention of heart disease by spreading the word to "guard your heart and save your life". Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. GUARDaHEART is dedicated to promoting the fact that if individuals know their risk and take the necessary steps to lower the risk of heart disease, most cardiovascular disease is preventable. GUARDaHEART provides financial assistance for individuals who are unable to pay for cardiac risk assessments and supports programs and additional resources to lower the risk of heart disease.  Please visit and/or for more information.

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