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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 $4.8 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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2021-22 Board of Directors


Raymond P. Vara, Jr.

Marsha Jones

Bertram L. Scott

Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA

Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA

Mitchell S. V. Elkind, M.D., M.S., FAHA

Lee Shapiro


Mary Ann Bauman, MD

Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA

Douglas S. Boyle

Keith Churchwell, MD, FAHA

Shawn A. Dennis

Linda Gooden

Tom Greco

Ron W. Haddock

Robert A. Harrington, MD, FAHA

Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, FAHA

Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH

Ileana Piña, MD, FAHA

James J. Postl

Marcella Roberts, Esq.

Jorge Saucedo, MD, MBA, FAHA

Lee Schwamm, MD, FAHA

Svati Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA

John J. Warner, MD, FAHA

Thomas Pina Windsor