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Heart Disease Research

Did you know that more than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease every single day? That’s one death every 39 seconds. And on average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, while a stroke-related death occurs about every four minutes.

Such an aggressive disease requires an equally aggressive response. That’s why The American Heart Association (AHA) has spent more than $3.3 billion on research, ever increasing our knowledge and understanding about heart disease and stroke – also making AHA the largest funder of heart disease research, second only to the U.S. government.

Our mission can be summed up in one challenging 10-year goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by 2020.

Learn more about our goals, cutting-edge research initiatives and how you can make a difference.