This month the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) had the distinct honor of joining with the Obama Administration as co-partners of a White House briefing focused on cardiovascular disease, part of the White House’s “Making Health Care Better” series. AHA President Dr. Steven Houser gave opening comments, and AHA CEO Nancy Brown was a panelist for a discussion centered on efforts to improve cardiovascular health in communities. I’d like to recognize AHA volunteers Dr. Richard Benson, Dr. Sandra Burke, Dr. Shobha Ghosh, Gail Harris-Berry, Dr. David Huang, Neil Meltzer, MPH, Brenda and Mark Moore, and Dr. Anil Yallapragada for representing the MAA at this unprecedented event and for their continued support of our mission. You can add your voice to the dialogue by signing a petition to the next President of the United States, urging them to continue the critical work of reducing and someday ending cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.