Known as the nation’s largest and oldest volunteer organization that concentrates on fighting heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association was founded by six cardiologists in 1924 and now contains almost 23 million supporters and volunteers. The AHA is one of the biggest leaders in regard to funding research, providing medical tools and information to help save lives, and fighting for greater overall health policies, many of which have been implemented across the nation.
Heart disease is the number 1 cause of all deaths in the world, which is the primary reason why the American Heart Association is extremely important throughout our communities. Strokes are the second leading cause of death globally, which is why the AHA established the American Stroke Association in 1997, honing in on strokes in more detail. Annually, heart disease and strokes kill around 787,000 Americans – a number that is far too large to be ignored. The AHA has also noted that cardiovascular disease affects over 33% of all adult Americans.
Nationally, the American Heart Association has 156 offices and over 3,000 employees. Originally located in New York, its national headquarters moved to Dallas in 1975. The nonprofit is most widely recognized for providing public health education to help raise awareness of heart disease and establish best healthy heart practices. Not only does the AHA provide treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals in order to improve overall heart care across the
nation, but they are also the nation’s number one leader in CPR education training.
One of the AHA’s main goals is to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke is a major problem in our country – but that they can be prevented. By not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, staying active regularly, eating well, and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar, your heart’s risk for these diseases can be greatly reduced.
For more information about the American Heart Association, please visit their website here, and remember to spread awareness so that the ones you love, and the nation as a whole, can be saved one heart at a time