The American Heart Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization funded by private contributions. The Association’s goal is to provide reliable information to the American public on prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke.
To accomplish this, the Association seeks to:
- Discover, interpret and process science
- Develop and communicate consumer health information
- Advocate the association’s position to key audiences
- Generate resources
To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.
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.
Through the longstanding support of scientific research, the AHA has propelled breakthroughs that have saved and improved lives.
The AHA is committed to funding early-career investigators, whose work is vital to the future of heart and brain health. Funding for training and early-career investigators represents a substantial portion of the millions that we invest into research each year.
That commitment has brought results. The many AHA-funded discoveries include the first implantable pacemakers, the first artificial heart valve, CPR techniques and cholesterol-lowering medications.