American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways.
We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education trainingWe provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help ensure the best treatment for every patient, every time. We educate lawmakers, policy makers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.
Our volunteer experts select scientific research most worthy of funding – with great results. We have funded more than $3.5 billion in research since 1949, more than any organization outside the federal government. We have funded 13 Nobel Prize winners and lifesaving advancements such as the first artificial heart valve, cholesterol-inhibiting drugs, heart transplant capabilities, and CPR techniques and guidelines.
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to fight their No. 1 killer. Its fundraising efforts support the educational programs that the American Heart Association provides and the life-saving research it funds to reduce the effects of heart disease in women.