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  • 1. What Is Excessive Blood Clotting (Hypercoagulation)? The American Heart Association explains excessive blood clotting, also known as hypercoagulation, as blood clots form too easily or don?t dissolve properly and travel through the body limiting or blocking blood flow. Learn the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
  • 2. Diagnosing a Heart Attack The American Heart Association explains how a heart attack is diagnosed and the various cardiac tests and cardiac procedures for heart attack diagnosis.
  • 3. Adam Pick's Story Meet Adam Pick, who became passionate about helping patients and caregivers after his double heart valve replacement surgery.
  • 4. Heart-Health Screenings The American Heart Association explains the key to preventing cardiovascular disease (heart disease) is managing your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood glucose. But how do you know which risk factors you have?
  • 5. Common Tests for Heart Failure The American Heart Association explains the common tests for heart failure and the procedures for diagnosing heart failure.
  • 6. Kawasaki Disease: Signs, Symptoms & Diagnosis Fever and irritability are often the first indications of Kawasaki Disease in children. Also learn how it's diagnosed.
  • 7. The Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia The American Heart Association provides this heart and stroke encyclopedia. Search any term relating to cardiovascular health to learn more.
  • 8. Symptoms & Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defects The American Heart Association explains the Symptoms & Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defects in adults and children.
  • 9. Arrhythmias and Congenital Defects The American Heart Association explains the link between arrhythmias and congenital defects.
  • 10. How High Blood Pressure is Diagnosed The American Heart Association explains how high blood pressure, also called hypertension, is diagnosed.
  • 11. Unstable Angina The American Heart Association explains chest pain, unstable angina, the risks and treatment of unstable angina.
  • 12. Symptoms and Diagnosis of PAD The American Heart Association explains the most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) as well as how to diagnose PAD.
  • 13. Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of Diabetes The American Heart Association explains the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, how to diagnose diabetes, tests for prediabetes including Fasting Plasma Glucose Test, FPG, Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, OGTT and the tests for monitoring diabetes, such as HbA1c, A1c or glycosylated hemoglobin test.
  • 14. Angina Pectoris (Stable Angina) The American Heart Association explains angina pectoris, also known as stable angina, is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease.
  • 15. Angina (Chest Pain) The American Heart Association explains angina is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. Learn about angina and its various types.
  • 16. Heart Attack What is a heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction? What is coronary heart disease and coronary artery disease? The American Heart Association explains the Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Risk of Heart Attack, Symptoms of Heart Attack, Treatment of Heart Attack, diagnosis of heart attack, heart attack resources, heart attack tools, heart attack symptoms, heart attack signs, heart attack warning signs.
  • 17. Why High Blood Pressure is a "Silent Killer" The American Heart Association explains why high blood pressure, also called hypertension, is called the "silent killer," and how to monitor your blood pressure.

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We’re making your community healthier by advocating for key issues such as:

  • Smoke-free public places
  • More walkable and bikeable streets, roads and parks
  • Better nutrition and high-quality physical education in our schools
  • Adequate, affordable and available health care for all

We’re making your community healthier by advocating for key issues such as:

  • Smoke-free public places
  • More walkable and bikeable streets, roads and parks
  • Better nutrition and high-quality physical education in our schools
  • Adequate, affordable and available health care for all

We’re improving the quality of care for heart and stroke patients by:

  • Training millions of Americans in CPR, advanced life support, AED (defibrillator) use and first aid; promoting AED placement in businesses and public places
  • Improving emergency care for heart attack victims through our Mission: Lifeline community-based initiative
  • Helping hospitals treat cardiac and stroke patients according to proven guidelines using our Get With The Guidelines® program
  • Strengthening stroke systems of care, teaching the public to respond to warning signs, and providing resources for stroke survivors and caregivers

We’re reaching at-risk populations through cause initiatives and online tools:

Nationwide, we invest over $132 million a year ($3.2 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.

American Heart Association
2015-2016 Expenditures

Pie chart showing breakdown of expenses
  • Research 20.3%
  • Public Health Education 36.7%
  • Professional Education and Training 16.7%
  • Community Services 8.1%
  • Management and General 7.1%
  • Fund Raising 11.1%