Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer. Nearly 26 percent of Colorado area deaths each year are attributed to cardiovascular disease. Since 1924, we have been working to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe from heart disease and stroke. Find out more about our efforts through education, support, research and Colorado Advocacy Efforts.
We're building healthier lives where you live and work and making your community healthier by advocating for key health issues. We train millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educate healthcare providers every day. Find out more through our online tools, including Go Red For Women, Power to End Stroke, the Walking Programs, our Youth Programs, and the Heart Hub, our online patient portal for information, tools and resources.
Each year we host multiple events in your area to bring awareness and education about our key issues and to raise support for invaluable heart disease and stroke research. Join in the fight against heart disease and stroke by attending one of our events or volunteering, including joining You're the Cure, hosting a speaker at your next event, distributing our materials at a health fair, finding a CPR Class, or contributing to our online communities. Here’s the chance to make a real difference!
In the event of a cardiac arrest emergency, it is critical to a victim’s survival for bystanders to act quickly. Unfortunately, if a victim does not receive care within six minutes, it is often times too late.
Less than 5% of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive because the vast majority of people who witness these arrest do not know how to perform CPR. More
On November 2, 2009, Colorado resident, Elsie Hamilton suffered a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (which 85% of lead to death) while sitting at her mother’s dining room table.
Her family called 911. The police got there first, and then a fire truck, but the nearest medics had miles to travel on an icy cold night. Elsie was given oxygen, and baby aspirin. Pain pulsed from elbow to ring finger on both arms. She was trying not to scare the children, but there was nothing to be done.
After getting stabilized she arrived at Swedish Hospital and met her cardiologist. The pain meds began to kick in and her only focus was on getting home to her kids. After a cath lab visit and a very skillfully placed stent, a whole new life was ahead of her.
Elsie is thankful for the work of the American Heart Association and is now an advocate and volunteer for the organization that she knows made a difference in her life.
Be a part of the cure. Be an advocate.
You don't have to be a doctor to save lives. Just be willing to deliver a lifesaving message to public officials whenever you can.
You're the Cure when you speak up for vital research funding. Or when you advocate for public policies that advance the fight against heart disease and stroke. That's why You're the Cure, a nationwide network of people dedicated to finding a cure for heart disease and stroke, needs your talent and time...now!
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