American Heart Association

Quality Research and Publications

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The American Heart Association®/American Stroke Association® (AHA/ASA) collects millions of patient records in our Quality Programs, creating vast national level databases for advancing scientific research. Data is collected at the patient level in hospitals participating in AHA/ASA Quality programs. Patients entered in the database are from U.S. hospitals only. Data is patient- and hospital-de-identified at an aggregate level. Our quality programs include Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) In-Patient and Mission: Lifeline. 
The future of heart and stroke treatment starts here.

Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG)

Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to close the treatment gap in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and resuscitation. It includes modules in coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke and resuscitation. Each program provides physicians and healthcare providers with materials, information and tools based on relevant evidence-based guidelines. A key component of this continuous quality improvement program is to monitor progress through the web-based Patient Management Tool (PMT). 

Mission: Lifeline®

Mission: Lifeline (M:L) is a coordinated, proactive system of care that turns first responders, hospitals and other healthcare providers into a team that uses proven guidelines and best practices to treat patients suffering from both types of myocardial infarctions - STEMI and NSTE-ACS (non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome); sudden cardiac arrest; and now, stroke. M:L includes but is not limited to, pre-hospital data review, interfacility transfer, activation and hospital bypass protocols, emergency department, cardiac catheterization laboratory activities, Mortality and Outcomes.