It's the beat underlying everything that keeps you on the move. When it's strong, it tells you instantly you're alive. When it's weak, it's a sign that help is needed. At Heart, Pulse is a group of local young professionals working to build a strong beat of commitment to heart health in the next generation of community leaders. It's your friends and coworkers gathering to educate, inspire and develop the habit of philanthropy dedicated to changing the health of a new generation. Making it so that the next one won't have to fight the same battle.
Pulse is all about prevention. It's about staying strong, being steady, growing powerful in the fight to eliminate deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The people of Pulse know that the best results, the biggest breakthroughs, and the most fun come from working together. Join in the Pulse.
The American Heart Association's national office has a program called "Pulse," not to be confused with the Pittsburgh Heart Ball's Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award we give out each year.
The 2011 Peter J. Safar Pulse of Pittsburgh Award winner is Dr. Don L. Fisher from Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Fisher is 92 years old and is credited with many firsts, including the first use of a defibrillator (which he made in his garage). He is an intriguing individual and one that we should be proud to have in the City of Pittsburgh. You will learn more about Dr. Fisher at the Heart Ball as he receives this prominent award. Congratulations, Dr. Fisher!