OUR MISSION Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.
Fewer people are dying from heart disease and stroke, but improving the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans has had mixed results - obesity among adults, and physical activity and cholesterol for kids.
We help improve the healthcare system to ensure the best care for all patients. We coordinate, support and advocate for programs that improve patient access and care at hospitals, doctor's offices and community health centers.
Get With The Guidelines and The Guideline Advantage programs helping hospitals and physician practices treat heart disease and stroke patients according to proven guidelines
We save countless lives by supporting heart and stroke research.
Heart Walks, Heart Balls, Go Red Luncheons, planned gifts, memorial gifts, workplace giving and other fund-raising efforts allow us to invest over $145 million in FY 2013-2014 in research nationwide (21.8% of total expenses)
We also advocate for increased government funding for cardiovascular research.
We use research findings to develop medical guidelines that are disseminated through scientific journals, conferences and online courses.
The $3.7 billion we've invested since 1949 has led to breakthroughs such as CPR; pacemakers; bypass surgery; heart defect repair; and blood pressure, cholesterol and clot-busting drugs.
Thirteen scientists funded by the American Heart Association have won Nobel Prizes, including nine for research we wholly or partially supported.
Years ago, Kathleen Vogelsang read a Go Red For Women news story about her friend Sharon's atypical heart attack symptoms.
She remembered them later when she had similar symptoms and got immediate care, avoiding an acute coronary event.
Kathleen now volunteers for Go Red and the Heart Ball in West Michigan.