American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization funded by private contributions. Their mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Their stated Impact Goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. The three primary strategies to do this are to focus on the acute event, to manage cardiovascular disease and to promote population wellness.

The association was founded in 1924 in New York City by six cardiologists. Today it's one of the world's premier health organizations. They have 15 regional affiliates and about 2,000 divisions and branches throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million volunteers join them every year to fight heart and blood vessel diseases, our nation's No. 1 killer.

Preventing heart disease and stroke is -- and always has been -- their first priority. They've given more than $1.8 billion to heart and blood vessel research since 1949.

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» Recent News

New guidelines announced for recreational physical activity for young people with genetic heart disease
07 Jun 04 | A new American Heart Association scientific statement suggests that children, teens and young adults with a spectrum of genetic cardiovascular diseases can exercise recreationally but should be guided by their physicians.

"Safe" levels of lead, cadmium may raise risk of peripheral artery disease
07 Jun 04 | Blood levels of two metals lead and cadmium may increase the risk of peripheral artery disease, even at levels currently considered safe, according to research published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation.

Some heart attack patients may be resistant to blood thinner
07 Jun 04 | A substantial proportion of heart attack patients may be resistant to the blood thinner clopidogrel and face an increased risk of recurrent blockages, researchers report today.

Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may decrease stroke risk
04 Jun 04 | Sufficient blood levels of carotenoids, a family of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, might reduce the risk of ischemic stroke, according to a study published today in the rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Air Pollution Is Serious Cardiovascular Risk
01 Jun 04 | Exposure to air pollution contributes to the development of cardiovascular diseases, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in today's print issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Secondhand Cigarette Smoke A Component of Air Pollution
01 Jun 04 | Recently, an American Heart Association panel conducted a comprehensive review of literature on air pollution and its relationship to cardiovascular diseases.

New device diagnoses elusive irregular heartbeat after stroke
20 May 04 | A new device identified abnormal heart rhythms called atrial fibrillation in one of 18 stroke patients in whom two standard tests failed to detect the irregularity, researchers report today. Atrial fibrillation accounts for 15% to 20% of all strokes.

Treating hypertension could prevent one-fourth of bleeding strokes
20 May 04 | Treating hypertension could cut the annual number of bleeding strokes in the United States by about one-fourth, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

One dose of "designer" gene therapy may target specific body area
20 Jan 04 | Doctors may soon be able to inject gene therapy intravenously that travels to a specific part of the body, according to a study published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Heart association recommends medical emergency plan for schools
06 Jan 04 | As part of the Medical Emergency Response Plan for Schools, the school nurse and physician, the athletic trainer, and several faculty members should be trained and equipped to provide first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Heart disease goes beyond the heart
01 Jan 04 | Peripheral arterial disease may not sound familiar, but it affects 8 to 12 million Americans, and is one of a host of cardiovascular disorders that go beyond the heart. New data reveal the burden of these often-chronic diseases.

New stats show heart disease still America's No. 1 killer, stroke No. 3
01 Jan 04 | Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains American's No. 1 killer, still claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2004 Update released today.

American Heart Association 2003 year-end report
31 Dec 03 | Novel drugs for heart failure, new blood pressure treatment guidelines and the success of a public access defibrillation program are among the top 10 advances in heart disease and stroke for 2003, says the president of the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association applauds move to ban ephedra
30 Dec 03 | Today's announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of its decision to prohibit the sale of supplements containing ephedra marks a victory for American consumers' health and safety, according to the American Heart Association.

Drug-coated stents effective in "real world" patients
23 Dec 03 | Drug-coated stents are safe and effective at preventing death, heart attack or repeat procedures in "real world" patients who are often sicker or older than those selected for clinical trials, according to a study in today's issue of Circulation.

Air pollution increases risk of death from heart disease more than respiratory disease
16 Dec 03 | Long-term exposure to air pollution poses a greater risk of death from heart disease than for death from respiratory ailments, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Metabolic syndrome strongly linked to heart attack and stroke
16 Dec 03 | Four hallmarks of the metabolic syndrome high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low blood HDL cholesterol and insulin resistance are independently and significantly linked to heart attack and stroke, data from a national survey indicates.

American Heart Association applauds introduction of House bill to help treat stroke, the nation's No. 3 killer
12 Dec 03 | A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week will help ensure that stroke, the nation's No. 3 killer, is more widely recognized by the public and is treated effectively by health care providers.

AHA/ADA issue statement guiding doctors on use of TZDs
09 Dec 03 | In response to a series of reports linking popular diabetes medications to congestive heart failure, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have issued recommendations to guide physicians and patients in their use.

Moderate alcohol use may be associated with brain shrinkage
05 Dec 03 | Consuming low to moderate amounts of alcohol may be linked to decreased brain size in middle-aged adults, according to a new study. It also showed that low to moderate alcohol intake did not lower their stroke risk, as some previous studies found.

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