What We Do in Missouri

OUR MISSION

Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.

Fewer people are dying from heart disease and stroke, but improving the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans has had mixed results - obesity among adults, and physical activity and cholesterol for kids.

Create lasting change in your health and your life, one small step at a time

Join the movement to be Healthy For GoodTM

  • Eat Smart - Make healthy, delicious choices wherever and whenever you eat.
  • Add Color - Make life more colorful with fruits and vegetables.
  • Move More -  Infuse more movement into your life for optimal health.
  • Be Well - Create balance, vitality and well being through self care.

Join the movement to be Healthy For GoodTM

  • Eat Smart - Make healthy, delicious choices wherever and whenever you eat.
  • Add Color - Make life more colorful with fruits and vegetables.
  • Move More -  Infuse more movement into your life for optimal health.
  • Be Well - Create balance, vitality and well being through self care.

We make it easier for all families to live, eat and stay healthy by educating and encouraging behavior change and generating much-needed financial support.

Through federal, state and local advocacy efforts, we are fighting for

  • clean indoor air, tobacco regulation
  • access to quality health care
  • restaurant menu labeling
  • healthy school meals
  • sodium and trans-fat reduction
  • phy ed and CPR training in schools
  • newborn pulse oximetry screening

We help improve the healthcare system to ensure the best care for all patients. We coordinate, support and advocate for programs that improve patient access and care at hospitals, doctor's offices and community health centers.

  • Get With The Guidelines and The Guideline Advantage programs  helping hospitals and physician practices treat heart disease and stroke patients according to proven guidelines
  • Mission: Lifeline initiative is improving emergency care for heart attack victims

  • Online Support Network for survivors and caregivers
  • Stroke Family Warmline (888) 4-STROKE

We save countless lives by supporting heart and stroke research.

  • Heart Walks, Heart Balls, Go Red Luncheons, planned gifts, memorial gifts, workplace giving and other fund-raising efforts allow us to invest over $145 million in research nationwide (21.8% of total expenses).
  • We also advocate for increased government funding for cardiovascular research.
  • We use research findings to develop medical guidelines that are disseminated through scientific journals, conferences and online courses.
  • The $3.7 billion we've invested since 1949 has led to breakthroughs such as CPR; pacemakers; bypass surgery; heart defect repair; and blood pressure, cholesterol and clot-busting drugs.
  • Thirteen scientists funded by the American Heart Association have won Nobel Prizes, including nine for research we wholly or partially supported.

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Mhire Family Missouri

Jenny and Jeremy Mhire, of Battlefield, were driving on I-44 when she went into sudden cardiac arrest.

Jeremy saved her life by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

They now advocate for more CPR training and access to AEDs (defibrillators).