Edwards Lifesciences committed $10 million over three years to launch a quality improvement initiative dedicated to advancing a new standard of care in structural heart disease. The initial focus is on aortic stenosis, one of the most common and serious valve diseases. Since it’s often underdiagnosed and undertreated, the goal is to help patients get diagnosed and treated faster.
“Together with the association, we are confident we can have a positive impact on people living with structural heart disease,” said Todd J. Brinton, M.D., FACC, corporate vice president of advanced technology and chief scientific officer.
With the support of a three-year, $4 million commitment by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, the American Heart Association is expanding its Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke quality improvement program to enhance hemorrhagic stroke care. This type of stroke — caused when a weakened blood vessel ruptures — makes up roughly 13% of the nearly 800,000 strokes annually. While less common than strokes caused by a blockage, hemorrhagic strokes have higher mortality rates.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals will provide funding for the initiative’s education efforts for physicians along the stroke system of care. “The initiative will enable health care providers to deliver the highest-quality process of care and evidence-based treatment strategies,” said Rajiv Patni, M.D., chief medical officer.
MyoKardia is a national supporter of the American Heart Association’s hypertrophic cardiomyopathy initiative. HCM is the most common form of genetic heart disease and can affect people of any age, yet it often goes undiagnosed. It’s usually caused by abnormal genes that make the septum (the wall of the heart’s main pumping chamber) thicken and stiffen, which can reduce the heart’s blood flow.
MyoKardia invested $3.1 million in an AHA initiative to spotlight HCM among clinicians and patients to improve its early detection, diagnosis and management. At the same time, the goal is to increase the understanding of the disease, its pathophysiology, progressive nature, the residual burden on patient quality of life and the need for diagnosis and ongoing monitoring.
Amgen Chairman and CEO Robert A. Bradway is a member of the AHA’s CEO Roundtable. Under his leadership, Amgen committed $3 million over three years to support Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol, which launched in 2016 to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes due to high cholesterol. The initiative urges medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize cholesterol control through adoption of the latest treatment guidelines. In addition, Amgen donated $1 million to support the AHA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2017, CVS Health has proudly supported Go Red for Women as a national sponsor, raising more than $18 million to help women understand that cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat and empowering them to take action to lower their risk. In 2020, the CVS Health Foundation expanded its commitment to the AHA with a two-year, $1 million grant to combat youth vaping and tobacco use, which now affects 1 in 5 teens.
“CVS Health is proud of the impact we have made, together with the American Heart Association, to improve the cardiovascular health of women, families and communities, and we are committed to a healthier, nicotine-free future for our youth,” said Lisa Bisaccia, chief human resources officer for CVS Health and national volunteer chair for Go Red for Women.
Since 2019, national sponsor Kroger Health has proudly supported Healthy for Good, inspiring and empowering customers to take a closer look at how their nutrition choices can affect their health. Kroger also joined the Life Is Why We Give campaign in February, raising more than $545,000 by connecting with their customers on a personal level and collecting $1 donations in the Kroger Pharmacy and The Little Clinic.
“At Kroger Health, we are committed to helping people live healthier lives. Together with the American Heart Association, we are empowering people to take charge of their health through mindful education about ‘Food as Medicine’ for the body, mind and spirit,” said Kroger Health President Colleen Lindholz. “We’re honored to be part of this lifesaving mission as we at Kroger continue to live our purpose, which is to Feed the Human Spirit.”