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Who We Are
Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are major causes of death. Survivors, volunteers, advocates, healthcare providers,donors - all are building healthier lives in Iowa.

American Heart Association Staff

Greater Des Moines Board of Directors
What We Do
We're building healthier lives where you live and work - in the community, health care, education and research.
How You Can Help Us
Touch hearts - save lives. Here’s the chance to make a real difference!

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Find Us
Regional Office
5000 Westown Parkway Suite 340
West Des Moines, IA  50266
phone: (515) 414-3200
fax: (515) 221-7994


How We Help You in Des Moines

Events In Your Area

Siouxland Heart Walk
June 9th
Sioux City, IA

Siouxland Heart Walk
June 9th
Sioux City, IA


Free Health Fair Kit: Online request form
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You're the Cure Grassroots Network

Stacy Frelund, Government Relations Director, Iowa
(515) 414-3207

Sarah Sanchez, Regional Grassroots Director

Justin Bell, Regional Vice President Advocacy
(952) 278-7921

In Iowa during the past 5 years (2012-2016) the American Heart Association funded more than $15 million  in new research:  

  • 1 study at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, at a cost of $4,000
  • 1 study at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, at a cost of $211,903
  • 2 studies at Iowa State University, Ames, at a cost of $360,000
  • 90 studies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City at a cost of $15,122,394

Nationwide, we invest almost $145 million a year ($3.7 billion since 1949) in heart and stroke research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Healthcare providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though our journals, conferences and online courses.

In our 11-state Midwest Affiliate we currently are supporting 402 multi-year studies at a cost of $70,327,574.

Find out more about heart and stroke research in the Midwest.

Communications Director
Kassi Wessing
(515) 414-3204