The Heart Foundation’s mission is to save lives by educating the public about heart disease, promoting early detection, and supporting the research of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah in the quest to find more effective ways to prevent and treat the #1 cause of death in the U.S. We dedicate ourselves to this mission in memory of Steven S. Cohen, an incredible husband, father, son, brother and friend.
On December 7, 1995, Steven Cohen came home from work, changed his clothes, kissed his wife and daughters (ages 2 and 5) and walked out the door to play his weekly basketball game with friends. Neither Steve nor his wife Eva could know what would follow. During the basketball game this healthy-looking, 35-year-old man complained of not feeling well. He left the court, sat down and suffered a massive heart attack that took his life.
Born out of tragedy and fueled to find answers, effect change and prevent unnecessary deaths due to heart disease, The Heart Foundation has transformed the devastating death of Steven S. Cohen into a passionate and positive movement which does justice to the memory of the wonderful man who inspired its creation.
Too often, the only sign of heart disease is sudden death. Steve exercised regularly, didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, wasn’t overweight and had just received a clean bill of health two months prior at his annual check-up. Steve died suddenly with no warning signs or symptoms. His wife, daughters, family members and friends were left behind in a state of shock and disbelief. How could this have happened to someone so young, vital and seemingly healthy?
Driven to do something to honor Steve’s memory and save other families from suffering the tragic loss of a loved one to heart disease, Steve’s friends, family and community formed The Steven S. Cohen Heart Fund in 1996. In 2004, the name was changed to The Heart Foundation.