A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in Tennessee


New! 2023 Heart and Stroke Statistics

Heart and Stroke Statistics

Each year, the American Heart Association, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and other government agencies, compiles up-to-date statistics on heart disease, stroke and other vascular diseases in the Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update. 

Change is a Mindset

choosing old habits or change

You want to look better, feel better or improve your health. You feel it in your bones that it’s time for a change. Read more to translate goals into habits, and then build better health one habit at a time.

Featured Recipe: Air Fryer Fried Okra

air fryer okra recipe

Throughout the South, okra is a favorite ingredient in many dishes, including the ever-popular gumbo, but it’s also delicious as the main attraction in this side dish.

Medical Breakthrough Match!

Make your gift now to DOUBLE your impact to support unfunded research that could lead to the  next lifesaving breakthrough against heart disease, and support prevention education and more.

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Events in Your Area

2023 Mid-South Hard Hats with Heart

Location: Memphis Sports & Events Center

Date: Friday, August 25, 2023 - 05:00 PM

Greater Knoxville Heart Walk

Location: Zoo Knoxville

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023 - 08:15 AM


Mid- South Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Hilton Memphis

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 10:30 AM


In Your Community

The American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in Tennessee through local initiatives that encourage and support our next generation - like working with local clinics and community partners to check blood pressure, reducing tobacco vaping use, and increasing access to heart healthy food. 

In 2021, we reached more than 850,000 people with our sustainable community changes. We worked with all area health systems on quality care, provided resources and engaged students at school, and funded more than $13 million in research and scholarships. In addition, we raise funds locally through events such as our annual Heart Walks, Go Red for Women Luncheons and Heart Balls in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis which gives donors and volunteers the opportunity to see, celebrate and be inspired by the stories that fuel our lifesaving mission.

Community Impact

Tennessee Lobby Day

On February 22 Tennessee had its first Lobby Day in several years, in partnership with the American College of Cardiology. The day was focused on educating lawmakers on a bill that criminalizes youth vaping. We had Board Members and volunteers from all over Tennessee join at the State Capitol for a full day of lobbying. Thank you to all who participated!


Renee Ford
Elliott Davis

Dr. Alison L. Bailey
Centennial Heart at Parkridge

Gregg T. Gentry
Erlanger Health System

Corinne Henderson
Henderson + Gardner, PLLC

Chris Hopkins
Apogee Wealth Partners

Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste
AHA Leadership Development Chair,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Quincy Jenkins
Chattanooga State Community College

Dr. Mary Lambert
City of Chattanooga

Twila Layne

Dr. Chris LeSar
AHA Immediate Past President,

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

Dr. Harish Manyam
Erlanger Health System

Glenn Morris
AHA Immediate Past Chair,

M&M Industries

D. Channing Muller
DCM Communications

Thomas H. Ozburn
FACHE, Parkridge Health System

Pastor Ernest Reid
Second Missionary Baptist Church

Scott Rowe, PT
Encompass Health

Dr. Brian Wiseman
The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Ken Parent
Pilot Company

Andy Beam
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tony Benton, Chair-Elect
Tennova Healthcare

Brett Foster
Knox County Schools

Eddie Jett
MBI Companies

Luke Johnson
Covenant Health

Charles F. Lomax, Jr.
City of Knoxville

Dr. Sumeet Sharma, President-Elect
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Cheryl Smith
CPR Choice

Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
The University of Tennessee  

Michael Wiechart


Daniel Munoz, M.D.

Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Center

Leadership Development Chair
Eric Evans

Surgery Partners

Immediate Past Chair
Ken Misch


Incoming President
Herman Williams, M.D.

BDO Consulting

Greg Allen

Scott Cihak
TriStar Centennial Medical Center

Terry Hardesty

Saletta Holloway, Ed. D
Meharry Medical College

Alfred Lumsdaine
Ardent Health

Thomas Nantais
Vanderbilt Adult Ambulatory Operations

Pal Narayanan

Evelio Rodriguez, M.D.
Ascension Saint Thomas Heart

Margaret Rush, M.D.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Saurabh Sinha

Fahad Tahir
Ascension Saint Thomas

Joseph Webb, D.Sc., FACHE
Nashville Healthcare Center

A. Brian Wilcox, Jr., M.D.
Ascension Saint Thomas

John C. Witt, M.D.
Skyline Neuroscience Associates

Karey L. Witty

Beth Workman
United Derm Partners

Dr. John Jefferies
UT Methodist

Doug McGowen
City of Memphis 

Dr. Andrei Alexandrov

Jenny Bartlett-Prescott
Church Health

Valerie Bearup
Morris Marketing Group

Andy Davis
Turner Construction Company

Dr. Cassandra Howard
Methodist Germantown Hospital

Dr. John Jefferies
UT Methodist

Dr. Asish Joshi
University of Memphis

Paaj Kurapati
University of Memphis

Roxanne McGonigal
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Doug McGowen
City of Memphis

Angela Moss
First Horizon Bank

Robyn Sharp
International Paper

Jim Sweeney
Path AI Diagnositics

Dr. Michelle Taylor
Shelby Co Health Dept

Manoucheka Thermitus
Regional One Health

Dr. Benjamin “Rush” Waller
UTHSC/Le Bonheur

Brian Yoakum
Evans Petree PC

Marques Young
Edward Jones

Contact Us


519 East 4th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403



4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909



4728 Spottswood Avenue #214
Memphis, TN 38117



1818 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203


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Heart and Stroke News

Find science-based stories about heart and brain health and inspiring survivor profiles from American Heart Association News.