American Heart Association Overview

Updated:Apr 14,2014

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. 4 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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Missouri Million Hearts Calendar

Tuesday, October 28
Million Hearts face-to-face meeting
10:30am - 3:00 pm
200 N Keene Street, Suite 101
Columbia, MO  65201

Wednesday, October 29
World Stroke Day

It’s #WorldStrokeDay!

Recognize this important day with us by heading to your nearest social media account and share this image to teach your network how to recognize and react in a stroke emergency.

World Stroke Day was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread public awareness of the world's high stroke risk and stroke prevalence.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association supports the annual campaign by educating Americans about the stroke warning signs and the importance of taking action immediately. 

While stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S., many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. 

We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a ways to go and need your help!

If you learn and share the F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs with your friends and family, you may save a life, possibly yours. Why? Because spotting the warning signs and calling 9-1-1 immediately can lead to quick stroke treatment and may even save a life.

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