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The AHA Turns 100

For 100 years, the American Heart Association, along with our volunteers, supporters and collaborating organizations, has worked to build longer, healthier lives. And there’s no letting up in the next 100 years as we remain devoted to a future of health and hope for everyone, everywhere.

A century of progress against cardiovascular disease

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As the AHA turns 100, here's a look at the many ways the organization improves and extends lives – including yours.

Heart disease is no stranger to the White House

President Dwight D. Eisenhower uses a stethoscope to listen to the heart of Dr. Paul Dudley White, who had treated him for a heart attack. (American Heart Association)

President Dwight Eisenhower's crisis provoked panic, but it turned into a moment of national learning about heart health.

Dr. William Montague Cobb's influence went beyond medicine

Dr. William Montague Cobb teaches a class at Howard University in 1971. Cobb, a Howard graduate, taught anatomy at the school for nearly 50 years. (Photo courtesy of Howard University)

His legacy lives on in medicine, anthropology and the battle against racial disparities in health care.

Dr. Nanette Wenger has spent seven decades convincing researchers to look beyond "bikini medicine" when it comes to women's health. (Photo courtesy of Grady Health System)

Dr. Nanette Wenger, the queen of hearts

Heart disease was once considered a man's disease. Dr. Nanette Wenger changed that. But the 93-year-old cardiologist says her work is not yet done.

Dr. Edward Cooper outside his home in Philadelphia. (Photo by Mirar Media Group for the American Heart Association)

At 97, AHA's first Black president looks back at his pioneering career

Dr. Edward Cooper's legacy includes upping the emphasis on stroke and inclusion with the American Heart Association – plus a family filled with doctors.

Learn more about other important figures in AHA history

Mary E. Wadley

Mary E. Wadley founded the social service unit at Bellevue Hospital, the first of its kind at a New York City hospital, in 1906. She directed the unit for 20 years. (Bellevue Training School for Nurses via National Library of Medicine)

This social worker helped ensure heart patients could continue to be monitored medically after hospital discharge.

Dr. Helen Taussig

Dr. Helen Taussig devoted her career to saving the lives of babies and children. (American Heart Association archives)

Considered the founder of pediatric cardiology, she also was the first woman president of the AHA.

Dr. Eugene Braunwald

Eugene Braunwald (American Heart Association)

Legendary cardiologist provides perspective on 100 years of medical progress against heart disease.

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