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American Heart Association

Non-profit US organization that funds cardiovascular medical research

The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed.

From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,800 employees. Learn more about our impact over time.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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Details last updated 04-Feb-2019

American Heart Association Blog Posts

The Difference Between Dietary Cholesterol and Blood Cholesterol

The Difference Between Dietary Cholesterol and Blood Cholesterol

The real culprit is saturated fats, so your diet is still important

All round health trackers for under £100

All round health trackers for under £100

A review of 3 leading fitness bands and how the monitor activity, sleep and inactivity

People at American Heart Association

Glenn Levine

Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine Director.

American Heart Association News

Intermittent fasting could lead to increased heart disease mortality

New Scientist - 18-Mar-2024

More studies needed, perhaps time-restricted eating provides short-term gain but long-term pain


Experimental vaccine promises to slow down or prevent Alzheimer's in mice

American Heart Association - 30-Jul-2023

Vaccine not only reduced inflammation, but also improved behavior and awareness in mice


Fitbit clears FDA to identify people with irregular heartbeats

MedCity News - 17-Nov-2021

Detected atrial fibrillation in one-third of adults, but faces issues with implementation


Elevian has secured $40 million for anti-aging diseases and heart stroke

FierceBiotech - 17-Sep-2021

$40 million for clinical research, lead program-stroke recovery focuses GDF11


Quick 10-minute walks everyday can help you live longer

Today - 21-May-2021

Walking 5000 steps at once or spaced through out the day may lower risk of death by 32%


Cardiovascular disease risk and mortality reduced with healthy lifestyle

Boston University - 13-Mar-2020

It's never too late to change your lifestyle, but for best results, the sooner the better


Good cholesterol level drops, triglycerides rise with sugary drink consumption

NHS - 27-Feb-2020

Sugary drinks generally bad for health, water still the best drink


Achieving a lower blood pressure goal by treating hypertension

Heart - 11-Nov-2019

Treating hypertension before it turns into heart disease, will be cost-effective over a decade


Dog ownership linked to fewer cardiovascular risk factors

U.S. News & World Report - 23-Aug-2019

Man's best friend - a loving companion for mind and heart


Overcoming resistant hypertension

Harvard Health Publishing - 01-Nov-2017

Two thirds of older men suffer from hypertension. Some men do not respond to common drug treatme...


1 Thing Doctors Now Say Your Annual Checkup Must Assess

Inc. - 06-Dec-2016

Author Jeff Haden passed a doctor’s routine physical with flying colors just two weeks before hav...