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American Heart Association

Who We Are

Mission: Building Healthier Lives Free of Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke.

Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #4 killers of adults across all demographics and economic backgrounds and the #2 cause of death among children.

 Our Strategic Driving Force: The AHA provides knowledge-based solutions for people of all ages, relative to their risk, through research, prevention, and treatment. We strive to serve as a global cardiovascular and stroke health needs partner of choice for researchers, systems, providers, and consumers.

 Impact Goal: By 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. Significant challenges remain related to major risk factors: obesity and diabetes.  If this trend continues, death rates could begin to rise in the years ahead.

We are America’s largest voluntary organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases comprised of 22.5 million supporters, volunteers, and staff representing 2,200 divisions across the nation.


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What We Do


Preventing heart disease and stroke is our first priority. To further this goal, the American Heart Association and its division, the American Stroke Association, invest millions of dollars in research, funding public and professional education, and community programs.

We sponsor professional development seminars throughout the year. Top medical researchers, scientists, and physicians present papers on the latest developments in cardiovascular medicine, so doctors and their patients can benefit from recent discoveries.

We implement public education programs on how to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Our educational messages promoting good heart health reach homes, schools, businesses, and healthcare organizations. We reach millions of Americans with brochures, booklets, and public service announcements.

Our advocacy efforts include furthering tobacco control legislation, improving emergency and in-hospital care, and increasing physical activity in schools.


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Address Information
220 Albany Street
Paducah, KY 42003
Contact: Rebecca Dunn
Contact Title: Division Director
Phone: (270) 205-0004
Fax: (270) 554-3403
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