The official American Heart Association blog for the State of New Jersey.
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We want people to experience more of life’s precious moments. To do that, we must be healthy — in heart and mind. It’s why we’ve made better heart and brain health our mission. And together, we’ve made an extraordinary impact. But we are just beginning. Until there’s a world free of heart disease and stroke, we’ll work together to make a healthier, longer life possible for everyone. Why do we do what we do? Because we are the American Heart Association. And life is why.
Who We Are
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives.
Our nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities.
What We Do
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 training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We 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. Our programs, educational resources and advocacy initiatives are all targeted at helping people identify and adopt healthier lifestyles.
Why We’re Needed
We believe everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans. Stroke ranks fifth and is a leading cause of severe adult disability. Each year, these diseases kill more than 811,000 Americans. Some form of cardiovascular disease affects more than one in every three adult Americans. Many suffer terribly from disabilities caused by these diseases. We want everyone to understand the threat — and to know that cardiovascular diseases are largely preventable.
Life is why we are committed to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
We’re working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.