American Heart Association Overview

Updated:Jan 21,2015

Working to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and strokes in Missouri by 2017


The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. 

The AHA’s mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s  No. 1 and  No. 5 killers.

The association funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health.

One of the many ways the AHA promotes healthier lives is by supporting healthcare professionals’ quest for continuous quality improvement. Get With The Guidelines® is a program that helps ensure consistent application of the most recent American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific guidelines for patient treatment. The program includes in-hospital modules for heart failure, stroke, resuscitation and atrial fibrillation, as well as The Guideline AdvantageTM, a program for outpatient practices.

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