2022 Stark Heart Walk
The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed. Before the AHA, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to a lifetime of bed rest or, worse still, to an early death. But those pioneering physicians and social workers knew it didn't have to be this way.
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 can 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. We have invested more than $4.8 billion in research, more than any U.S. nonprofit organization. Learn more about our life-changing funded research breakthroughs.
To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.