Women and Special Populations

Learn strategies to promote more equitable outcomes in heart and brain health.

Structural Racism and Health Equity Language Guide

The American Heart Association strives to use consistent language, and has developed a reference guide of terms related to structural racism and health equity.

Science News

Forecasting the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in the United States Through 2050 — Prevalence of Risk Factors and Disease
Implementation of Obesity Science Into Clinical Practice
Patient-Centered Adult Cardiovascular Care
Implementation Science to Achieve Equity in Heart Failure Care
Exploring the Inclusion of Person-Centered Care Domains in Stroke Transitions of Care Interventions


Race, Trust, and Medical Decision-Making for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: Do Black Patients Trust the Messenger?
Equity in the Setting of Heart Failure Diagnosis: An Analysis of Differences Between and Within Clinician Practices
Sex Differences in Left Ventricular Function and Cardiac Mechanics
Cardiometabolic Profile in Young Adults With Diverse Cigarette Smoking Histories: A Longitudinal Study From Adolescence
Sex and Racial Disparities in Proportionate Mortality of Premature Myocardial Infarction in the United States: 1999 to 2020

Continuing Education

The CVSN Council accelerates the discovery, interpretation, and application of science to enhance cardiovascular health and treat cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The council helps develop scientific statements and advisories, guide professional education activities, provide scientific expertise, conduct research, translate findings, and promote evidence-based practices in clinical settings.

The CLCD Council supports AHA objectives in clinical cardiology, promotes excellent clinical care, and fosters professional development and education for clinical cardiologists. Through council-sponsored symposia, panels, and scientific conferences, members can access and interpret new developments in the field and promote clinical cardiology to professional and lay audiences.

The EPI Council focuses on population-based approaches to preventing cardiovascular diseases. The council’s mission is to lead the discovery and translation of science related to the distribution and determinants of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on population approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve cardiovascular health.

The Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health promotes the expansion and exchange of knowledge with the ultimate goal of improving cardiovascular health across the lifespan. The council nurtures basic, clinical, epidemiological, and translational science related to nutrition, lipids, obesity, diabetes, physical activity, and behavioral change.

The QCOR Council provides a forum for a multidisciplinary group of volunteers committed to making a substantial contribution to reducing the burden of heart disease and stroke through improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes. Members gain insight on how to provide effective, safe, timely, equitable, efficient, and patient-centered care.

Sharing Your Story Can Help Save Lives

Go Red for Women is looking for its 2025 Class of Survivors! This group of heart disease and stroke survivors share their stories to empower women to be aware of their No. 1 health threat – cardiovascular disease.
2025 Class of Survivors

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