American Heart Association

Organization Overview

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. The association’s 2020 health impact goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by twenty percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by twenty percent. To accomplish this, the association strives to raise public awareness about healthy lifestyles, enhance the focus of prevention among healthcare providers, as well as provide funding to research programs that will enrich the existing pool of evidence-based research and identify new ways to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke. The American Heart Association includes the National Center (located in Dallas, Texas) and seven affiliates’ offices that cover across the United States and Puerto Rico.