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About Us

For nearly 100 years, we've been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives.

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The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed.

From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,800 employees. Learn more about our impact over time.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Our size and scope let us have real impact. The AHA has invested more than $4.6 billion in research, making us the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government. Learn more about our life-changing funded research breakthroughs.

Our Mission

To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.


The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. The ASA amplifies our efforts to educate people about stroke prevention and treatment.

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Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer

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2020-21 Board of Directors


Bertram L. Scott
Raymond P. Vara, Jr.
James J. Postl
Mitchell S. V. Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAHA
Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, FAHA
Robert A. Harrington, M.D., FAHA
Marsha Jones


Douglas S. Boyle
Shawn A. Dennis
Linda Gooden
Ileana Pina, MD, FAHA
Marcella Roberts, Esq.
Lee Schwamm, MD, FAHA
Svati Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA
David A. Spina
John J. Warner, MD, FAHA
Thomas Pina Windsor
Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA 

Mary Ann Bauman, MD
Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA
Keith Churchwell, MD, FAHA
Ron W. Haddock
Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, FAHA
Cheryl Pegus, MD
Lee Shapiro