Day 5: American Heart Association

For the first 25 days in December, the Indians will highlight one community partner
organization and how you can give back this holiday season.


Did you know that heart disease and stroke together claim more lives than that of any other disease, putting people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, at risk?  In fact, cardiovascular diseases kill more Americans each year than the next three causes combined.  That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) works every day to advance groundbreaking medical research, spread lifesaving knowledge and reach out to people of all ages.

We are where you live, work and play.  Working for your health and to save lives.  We’re funding research to discover critical advancements in treatment – and prevention.  We’re at our nation’s schools teaching kids how to be healthy – and the importance of helping others.  And we’re diligent in our work to ensure you receive the best quality care possible.

Research is a major weapon in our fight against heart disease and stroke.  The AHA is second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research.  The $3.3 billion we’ve invested since 1949 has led to breakthroughs such as CPR; pacemakers; bypass surgery; heart defect repair; and blood pressure, cholesterol and clot-busting drugs.  Eight researchers have won Nobel Prizes for work we’ve helped fund.

The American Heart Association is working to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.  while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.  To achieve this goal, it is vital for Americans to understand their true health status.  Currently, 39 percent of Americans think they are in ideal health when in reality less than 1 percent have an ideal health profile.  That is why your support is imperative — so we can continue to fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional education programs, and advocate to protect public health.  2,500 people have heart attacks each day; 2,100 have strokes.  We could save 863 lives each day if we meet our 2020 goal.

You can save lives… by making healthy lifestyle choices, learning CPR, donating to support research and education, and volunteering for the American Heart Association.  You can help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke!

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