September 29, 2015 – The GUARDaHEART Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Heart Disease through awareness and prevention, has today announced their first recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)to be presented in honor of World Heart Day.

GUARDaHEART was recently honored as a certifying organization of the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) – a premier volunteer awards program that encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

GUARDaHEART serves as an outstanding administrator of one of the most prestigious awards," commentedDr. Nathan Wong, Director of the University of California – Irvine Heart Disease Prevention Program."Thecollective efforts by a dedicated group of individualsare making an incredible impact on Heart Disease awareness and prevention."

Many remain unaware that Heart Disease is the leading cause of death and disability, but is 80% preventable. GUARDaHEART volunteers actively work to help save lives and reduce the global health burden with the mission: "Learn. Detect. Prevent."

"We certainly cannot fight the Heart Disease epidemic alone," commented Estrella Harrington, Founder of GUARDaHEART. "We are proud to be an ambassador on behalf of our nation's president to provide this honorable award and recognize volunteers who empower change."

A ceremony and reception will be held this eveningin San Clemente, CA, where GUARDaHEART will recognize Jerry & Stephanie Nostadt, Rose Hancock, Deborah Wilcox, and Kimberly Olsen for their outstanding contribution to heart health.

Dr. Pratiksha G Gandhi, the first Indian woman to become a preventive cardiologist, and founder of IPC Heart Care, will be the guest speaker at the event. IPC Heart Care is a global pioneer in the field of Preventive Cardiology, and have done groundbreaking work in the field of Non-Surgical Treatments for ailments of the heart, with centers in India and USA.

Along with presidential recognition, recipients of the PVSA will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

GUARDaHEART continually seeks volunteers and partners to help in the fight against Heart Disease. For more information on how you can get involved, visit


GUARDaHEART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to fighting heart disease with the mission: "LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT." GUARDaHEART works with strategic partners, healthcare providers, and other non-profit organizations to promote awareness through education and risk detection tools, to ultimately empower preventative action and reduce the risk of heart disease worldwide.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but many are unaware that it is 80% preventable. GUARDaHEART encourages individuals to know their risk of heart disease, and take the necessary steps to maintain or reduce their risk in order to prevent a heart attack.

About World Heart Day

World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year.

World Heart Day is an annual event, which takes place on 29 September every year. Each year's celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health.

Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled.

The success of World Heart Day depends on the proactivity of organizations from around the world to help us spread awareness of CVD, the world's number one killer. For more information, visit

About the President's Volunteer Service Award

Now, more than ever, service is necessary to tackle the most pressing issues of our times, and Americans are accepting the challenge. The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes, celebrates and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge.

It's our goal to encourage more individuals to embody the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. Through PVSA, Americans of all ages – from youth to seniors – are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation's president for being active citizens.

PVSA was started by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council no longer exists, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, visit