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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.
Meet some of our local 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!
Volunteer Opportunities

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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


Jackie Blake

Jackie Blake, a wife and mom to one young daughter at the time, was only 29 when she had a stroke that almost left her without the ability to speak, write, walk or do anything a normal 29 year old woman should be able to do. Luckily, with the help of time, therapy, medical professionals and her family who was always there for her, Jackie has found a “new normal” and is now 36 years old with two beautiful daughters.

Jackie and her husband, Ross, are determined to raise awareness that strokes can happen to anyone, at any age, and to help others recognize the risk factors and warning signs. 

They are thankful to Jackie’s amazing medical team who brought her back, and for the incredible research and technology that are impacting the lives of stroke patients everywhere.

How We Help You in Iowa

Go Red For Women Dinner
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
September 8, 2016
Katherine Toraason

The American Heart Association has awarded $3.7 million to the University of Iowa for a Strategically Focused Research Network studying preeclampsia. The talented researchers at the University of Iowa will research ways to diagnose, prevent and treat preeclampsia in pregnant women.

A $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will expand our statewide, collaborative Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Iowa. STEMI patient outcomes will be improved with coordination between EMS and hospitals.

Iowa joins a growing list of states that are requiring hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. The state’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year.