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AHA Funded Research Milestones

1940 - Present

Timeline of AHA history from 1915-1940

1915

Looking for AnswersNearly a decade before the formal creation of the American Heart Association, physicians and social workers convene to find more answers about the mysteries of heart disease. 

1924

American Heart Association is FoundedSix cardiologists form the American Heart Association as a professional society for doctors. One of the founders, Dr. Paul Dudley White, described the early years as a time of “almost unbelievable ignorance” about heart disease.1924 AHA Incorporated Seal

1925

Scientific Sessions BeginsThe AHA holds its first Scientific Sessions meeting where scientists and healthcare professionals learn the latest developments. Held every year since, except during World War II, the gathering grows to become the largest annual cardiovascular meeting in the U.S. and a leading international destination for the cardiovascular health community.1925 First Scientific Sessions Program

AHA Milestone history from 1940-1950

1947

Heart Week Kicks OffThe first public campaign kicks off in February to celebrate National Heart Week.Help Your Heart Fund - Help Your Heart Billboard

1948

The AHA ReorganizesThe AHA reorganizes, transforming from a scientific society to a voluntary health organization comprising volunteers and supported by professional staff. Support for the AHA’s mission becomes much more visible, with fundraising activities taking hold in communities and businesses.First AHA Meeting

1949

First AHA Research Grant Goes to Nobel Prize Winner The American Heart Association awards its first research grant. The recipient is Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who also received a second AHA grant in 1950. The grants help fund studies about the energy that muscles, such as the heart, need to contract. In all the AHA has funded 13 Nobel Prize winners, including nine whose AHA-funded work led to the Nobel Prize.Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in lab

1949

Research Explores Diuretics to Help Control Blood PressureFunding enables Dr. Alfred Farah to examine whether a group of chemical compounds work as diuretics. Diuretics, also called “water pills,” help rid the body of excess sodium and water. They are used to treat heart failure and help control blood pressure. 

AHA Milestones from 1950-1960

1950

AHA Scientific Journal Circulation BeginsCirculation begins publication, keeping doctors, researchers and others informed about cardiovascular breakthroughs. 

1950

Drug Works as Diuretic to Treat High Blood Pressure, Heart FailureDr. William Schwartz receives AHA funding and discovers that sulfanilamide, a drug used to treat bacterial infections, acts as a diuretic in people with congestive heart failure. Diuretics remain one of the best medicines for high blood pressure and heart failure. 

1956

The AHA's First Statement on Smoking and Heart DiseaseThe AHA’s first statement on smoking and heart disease asserts, “Much greater knowledge is needed before conclusions can be drawn concerning possible relationships between tobacco smoking and increased death rates from coronary heart disease.” This is an early illustration that all research and AHA statements are based on conclusive evidence. 

1956

Fat and Cholesterol LinkedDr. Ancel Keys, supported by funding from the Minnesota Affiliate, first links dietary fat with cholesterol. This discovery spurs the AHA to assume a leading role in urging Americans to change their eating habits. 

1956

External Defibrillator Shocks Human Heart Back to NormalDr. Paul Zoll, aided by the Massachusetts Affiliate, publishes the first report of an external defibrillator successfully returning a quivering heart back to a steady rhythm for the first time in humans. 

1957

First Pacemaker ImplantedDr. William Wierich, assisted by support from the Minnesota Affiliate and joined by Drs. Vincent Gott and Walter Lillehei, implants the first battery-powered, wearable pacemaker in a patient. Dr. Wierich’s pioneering work led to development of the fully implanted pacemakers used today. 

1957

Blood Pressure Lowering Drug DiscoveredDr. Edward Freis, funded by the Nation's Capital Affiliate and the National Center, determines chlorothiazide is effective in reducing blood pressure. 

1958

Research Advances Knowledge of How Blood Flow WorksRadioactive potassium and rubidium are used to measure regional blood flow in research led by Dr. Leo A. Sapirstein and supported by the AHA Central Ohio Heart Chapter. The findings help advance knowledge of blood flow throughout the entire circulatory system. 

1958

Oxygen Demand Linked to Chest Pain from Poor Blood FlowDr. Louis N. Katz determined that the heart's demand for oxygen is specifically tied to blood flow to the heart muscle. The finding helps explain chest pain caused by inadequate blood flow through the heart arteries. His research was funded by the AHA. 

AHA Milestones from 1960-1970

1960

First Successful Pacemaker Surgeries Reported Dr. William Chardack reports the first successful surgeries for a completely implanted pacemaker. He is funded by the Erie County Division of the New York State Affiliate. Production of implantable pacemakers quickly gets underway. Dr. William Chardack and Pacemaker

1960

First Artificial Heart Valve Replacement Performed Dr. Albert Starr performs the first long-term successful mitral valve replacement with a caged ball valve, ushering in a new era of valve replacement. He is supported in developing the artificial heart valve by the Oregon Affiliate and assisted by hydraulic engineer Lowell Edwards. The Starr-Edwards valve is still used today, along with other artificial heart valves. Dr. Albert Starr Headshot

1960

Specialized Heart Cells Discovered Dr. Brian Hoffman publishes a new account of specialized heart tissues that control cardiac excitability. His work is supported by the AHA.  

1961

CPR Found to Provide Blood Flow After Cardiac Arrest AHA-funding from the Maryland Affiliate enables Drs. William Kouwenhoven, James Jude and Guy Knickerbocker show how CPR can save lives after cardiac arrest. Their research is reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. We now know that effective bystander CPR can double or triple chances of survival. First CPR machine

1961

Pioneering Microsurgery Microsurgery pioneer Dr. Julius Jacobson, with funding from the Vermont Affiliate, performs surgery with the aid of a microscope. Microsurgery leads to advances in coronary artery surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, limb reimplantation, gynecology, orthopedic surgery and tumor surgery.  

1961

First Dietary Guidelines on Saturated Fats The AHA issues its first dietary guidelines that recommends replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats. Saturated fats — found in red meat, cheese, butter and other animal products — are shown to contribute to LDL-cholesterol, which increases risk for heart disease. TIme Magazine Cover of Ancel Keys

1963

President Proclaims February American Heart Month President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims February American Heart Month, declaring that “over one-half of the 10 million Americans afflicted by the cardiovascular diseases are stricken during their most productive years, thereby causing a staggering physical and economic loss to the nation.”  

1964

First Woman Named AHA Career Investigator, Helps Develop MRI The AHA chooses biochemist Mildred Cohn as its first female career investigator, providing funding for the remaining 14 years of her research career. Her work contributed to the development of the MRI, one of the most sophisticated imaging methods used today.  

1964

Imaging Technique for Diagnosing Myocardial Disease Dr. Richard Ross, aided by the Maryland Affiliate, measures myocardial blood flow using radioactive xenon. This improves diagnosis of patients with myocardial disease.  

1965

First Woman AHA President Dr. Helen Taussig becomes the first woman president of the American Heart Association. She was a legendary pediatric cardiologist, who along with surgeon Dr. Alfred Blalock and laboratory technician Vivien Thomas, perfected the "blue baby" operation that established the field of cardiac surgery.  

1965

Fighting Heart Disease with Legislation The AHA plays a major role in shaping recommendations of the President's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke, leading to landmark legislation that expands efforts to fight these diseases.  

1966

Technique Corrects Heart Defects in Newborns In a project funded by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Heart Association, Dr. William Rashkind develops a procedure to correct septal defects in newborns. The procedure, balloon atrial septostomy, shows that major procedures could be performed inside the heart through a catheter. Dr. William Rashkind headshot

1966

20-year Study on Blood Pressure Released Dr. Maurice Sokolow, who received AHA funding, announces the results of a 20-year study showing hypertension can decrease life expectancy. The research also finds persistently elevated blood pressure increases the risk of complications, including heart enlargement, eye abnormalities and enlargement of the heart's main pumping chamber.  

1966

New Option to Treat Heart Disease Dr. William Elliott shows that isoproterenol improves the amount of blood pumped by the heart, providing a new treatment option for heart disease patients.  

1968

Drug Found to Lower Cholesterol With AHA support, Dr. William Conner uses cholestyramine to lower blood cholesterol. Cholestyramine is among the various cholesterol-lowering drugs still used today.  

1969

Legislation Bans Cigarette Ads on TV and Radio The AHA issues a statement on cigarette labeling and advertising legislation. That same year, legislation bans cigarette advertising on television and the radio.  

AHA Milestones from 1970-1980

1970

First Public Education CampaignThe AHA runs its first public education campaign on early warning signs of heart attack, spreading lifesaving messages to help people pay attention and act. 

1971

Dr. Earl Sunderland Awarded Nobel PrizeDr. Earl Sutherland is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for identifying cyclic AMP as the intra-cellular messenger. In 1967 he had received an AHA Career Investigatorship.Dr. Earl Sutherland headshot

1971

Kidney Function Affects Blood PressureDr. Arthur Guyton provides evidence of the overriding dominance of the kidneys in long-term regulation of blood pressure and in hypertension. He was funded by the National Research Program. 

1973

First AHA Cookbook PublishedThe first of many AHA cookbooks is published, giving consumers across the nation a trusted resource to follow a heart-healthy diet. It has been in print for four decades, with more than 4 million copies sold. 

1975

Death TollThe annual death toll from cardiovascular diseases falls below 1 million people. 

1976

First International Stroke Conference HeldThe first International Stroke Conference is held in Dallas. Over the years, it develops into the most well-attended cerebrovascular meeting for scientists and healthcare professionals. 

1976

Students Start Jumping for Heart DiseaseJump Rope For Heart begins in Milwaukee, eventually becoming a nationwide program for millions of students to raise money for research and education in the fight against heart disease. 

AHA Milestones from 1980-1990

1981

Cardiovascular Deaths DeclineFor the first time since 1949, deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases fall below 50 percent of deaths from all causes. 

1981

Formal Advocacy Efforts BeginThe AHA becomes a more visible champion of public health, starting advocacy efforts with lawmakers and policymakers that remain active today. 

1985

Drs. Brown and Goldstein Awarded Nobel PrizeDrs. Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown, funded by the AHA in 1972, 1973 and 1975, are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the role of low-density lipoprotein receptors in controlling blood cholesterol levels. Their research provides new insights into the ways fatty cholesterol enters body cells and why cholesterol levels may become too high. 

1985

AHA Donor Makes HistoryA grant from the Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation becomes the largest gift in AHA history. Three AHA-Bugher Foundation Centers for Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular System are established, each receiving up to $1.12 million over five years. In subsequent years the Bugher Foundation becomes the largest single donor in AHA history, establishing more centers. 

1986

AHA Influences Food Industry to Make ChangesA revised AHA diet statement emphasizes a preventive diet that limits saturated fat and total fat. It becomes a major health story, generating public health interest and influencing food industry changes.Fats - Sizzling Butter (original)

1987

AHA Contributes to Cholesterol Drug ApprovalThe FDA approves the use of lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug. Scientists with research roots in the AHA made significant contributions to its testing. 

1988

Smoking Banned on Commercial AirlinesThe AHA’s advocacy efforts play a role in banning smoking on all U.S. commercial airlines.Stop Smoking

1988

Food Certification Program LaunchesA consumer health program launches, prompting the federal government to create, with AHA input, the Nutrition Label providing nutrition information for consumers. Later the AHA launches its own Food Certification Program. 

AHA Milestones 1990-2000

1990

AHA Reaches More CommunitiesThe AHA establishes a two-year grant program to fund community-based cardiovascular risk reduction programs for minorities, a focus for the association as it aims to reach all communities. 

1990

First Drug Approved for Infants with Heart, Lung DefectsDr. John Clements, an AHA Career Investigator since 1964, receives U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an artificial surfactant. Called Exosurf Neonatal, it counteracts Respiratory Distress Syndrome, a common cause of death for premature infants. 

1992

First AHA Scientific Statements on Tobacco Smoke and InactivityThe AHA publishes its first scientific statement on harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke and another statement on how physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease. 

1992

First Nationwide Heart WalksThe first AHA Heart Walks are conducted nationwide. Major expansion follows in the years to come, with millions of supporters raising funds to fight heart disease and stroke.Heart Walk

1992

Drs. Krebs and Fischer Awarded Nobel PrizeDrs. Edwin G. Krebs, and Edmond H. Fischer are awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of how proteins are switched on to perform functions within cells. Dr. Krebs, whose research was supported in part by the AHA, had received the association’s Research Achievement Award in 1987.Krebs, Edwin1

1994

Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans ActThe AHA champions the Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans Act, requiring schools to serve meals that meet dietary guidelines, including limits on total fat and saturated fats.stethescope with heart thumbnail

1995

AHA Call Center OpensThe AHA opens its first centralized call center to help the public find health information and learn more about the organization.+1-800-242-8721

1995

Smoking and Heart DiseaseAHA releases recommendations for policies to work toward a smoke-free generation.nosmoking

1995

Heart-Check Mark Program LaunchesAHA launches the Heart-Check mark program to help consumers find products at the grocery store with healthy food criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol.Heart-Check Mark

1996

AHA Leads Effort Over Tobacco ProductsThe AHA leads the effort to urge the FDA to claim jurisdiction over tobacco products. 

1997

American Stroke Association FormsThe AHA’s Stroke Division is created. The next year, it is renamed the American Stroke Association and begins to raise awareness and strives to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.aha_asa_logo

1998

Law for Women’s Heart Health SignedAHA’s work results in the Women’s Cardiovascular Diseases Research and Prevention Act, signed into law creating a program to advance the fight against heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases in women. 

1998

Nobel Prize for Blood Vessel Research BreakthroughThree researchers are awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine discovering nitric oxide, a colorless gas that dilates blood vessels by relaxing the vessels’ smooth muscles. The AHA funded one of the awardees, Dr. Robert F. Furchgott, from 1952-54. The AHA selected another of the Nobel Prize winners, Louis J. Ignarro, as the 1998 recipient of the AHA’s Basic Research Prize.Ignarro, Louis1-Head Shot

1998

First Impact Goal SetThe AHA approves its first 10-year Impact Goal for the nation: to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk factors by 25 percent by 2008.
During this time, the goal was expanded to 2010 to correspond to the CDC’s Healthy People initiative. The revised goals by 2010 were to
  • Reduce coronary heart disease and stroke death rates by 25%;
  • Reduce prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and physical inactivity by 25%; and
  • Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.
The mortality portions of the goal were achieved in 2008, two years early.
 

AHA Milestones 2000-2010

2000

Guidelines Set for Healthcare ProfessionalsGet With The Guidelines launches to help healthcare providers consistently treat patients with proven standards and procedures by using quality improvement measures. In 2007, the program had reached 1 million patients.Get With the Guidelines

2001

Mechanical Pump Helps Patients Awaiting TransplantAHA-funded researcher Dr. Christine S. Moravec reports that mechanical pumps, called left ventricular assist devices, can reverse diminished heart muscle performance in people with heart failure who are awaiting transplantation. The study is among the first to look at recovery mechanisms that control the heart’s ability to contract during stress. 

2003

FDA Approves Drug-Coated Stent Developed by AHA-Funded ResearchThe FDA approves the first drug-coated stent to keep blocked arteries open while also releasing medications. Dr. Andrew R. Marks, a researcher funded by the AHA, developed drug-coated stents to prevent the tiny wire tubes from accumulating fatty plaques. 

2003

Nobel Prize Awarded to AHA-Funded ResearcherAHA-funded researcher Dr. Peter Agre is awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of aquaporins, proteins that govern the movement of water in and out of cells. This discovery leads to new research examining brain swelling after a stroke and water retention in heart failure. Dr. Agre received AHA Established Investigator funding from 1987-92.Agre, Peter1-Head Shot

2003

First International Office OpensAHA opens its first international office in Puerto Rico, serving Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. Offices in Belgium, Hong Kong and Dubai follow. 

2004

Go Red For Women Begins Go Red For Women launches. The educational program raises women’s awareness that heart disease is their No. 1 killer and helps them take action to prevent it. National Wear Red Day becomes a way for people to raise awareness about heart disease. Its outreach later includes Hispanic women, who face an even higher risk of heart disease.Go Red for Women

2005

Former President and the AHA Establish Alliance for a Healthier GenerationThe AHA and the William J. Clinton Foundation establish the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to fight the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging with industry leaders, educators, parents, healthcare professionals and kids. 

2006

Power To End Stroke BeginsThe American Stroke Association launches Power To End Stroke to help raise awareness among African-American population who face higher risk of stroke. The program also helps people take action to prevent stroke.Power to End Stroke

2007

Funding and FatsFunding from the Association enables Dr. Stephen Young to identify a new molecule that may help regulate the delivery of fats to cells for energy and storage. The finding could lead to a better understanding of how we use fats from the foods we eat. 

2007

Nobel Prize Awarded to Early AHA-Funded ResearcherDr. Mario Capecchi receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries in gene targeting. The technology allows researchers to manipulate a gene’s DNA sequence. Gene targeting is used in research for heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and other conditions. Dr. Capecchi received AHA Established Investigator Award funding from 1969–73.Capecchi, Mario1

2007

New Mission Statement ApprovedThe Association approves a new mission statement emphasizes the importance of helping people live healthier, in addition to saving lives: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” 

2007

Mission: Lifeline LaunchedMission: Lifeline launches to improve emergency systems of care for people who suffer from severe heart attacks that require urgent care known as STEMIs.Mission Lifeline

2008

Spina Centers Focus on ResultsThe American Heart Association-Pharmaceutical Roundtable-David and Stevie Spina Outcomes Research Centers launches. The focus is on the results of healthcare interventions for people who have or are at risk for heart disease and stroke. 

2008

CPR Without Rescue Breaths Found to be EffectiveDr. Gordon Ewy accumulated evidence from multiple studies dating to the 1990s that show uninterrupted, high-quality chest compressions — without mouth-to-mouth respiration — keep blood circulating to vital organs. As a result, the AHA releases new recommendations in 2008 that bystanders can skip mouth-to-mouth and use Hands-Only CPR to help an adult who collapses suddenly.Gordon A Ewy

2008

Circulation Journal Launches Six SpinoffsAHA launches six spinoffs of the Journal Circulation to provide scientifically specialized information. No society has ever done that in a single calendar year. The journals are
Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics
Circulation: Heart Failure
Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
 

2008

Nobel Prize Awarded to Early AHA-Funded ResearcherDr. Martin Chalfie wins the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing green fluorescent protein as a genetic tag to see inside living cells, including heart cells, to better understand how the cells are made and work. The AHA funded Chalfie earlier in his career with the British-American Research Fellowship in 1977. This fellowship gave U.S. postdoctoral fellows access to training in Great Britain and British postdoctoral fellows access to training in the United States. 

2009

Cardiac Myogenesis Research Centers LaunchThe American Heart Association-Jon Holden DeHaan Foundation Cardiac Myogenesis Research Centers of Excellence launches. The centers conduct studies to determine how regeneration of those cells can help improve outcomes for heart attack and heart failure patients. 

2009

AHA Advocacy Efforts Help Lead to Tobacco OversightThe AHA helps lead the way in the passage of the federal Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The law lets the FDA regulate tobacco, bans candy-flavored cigarettes and adds large warning labels to tobacco products. Billboard advertising near schools is banned, and tobacco companies can no longer alter products to make them more addictive or make misleading health claims. 

AHA Milestones from 2010-Present

2010

2020 Impact Goal Announced

The AHA announces a major 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.

Prevention is a major focus of the 2020 Impact Goal and leads to establishment of Life’s Simple 7/My Life Check, an online heart health assessment tool of seven health behaviors and health factors critical to achieving cardiovascular health: not smoking, eating healthier, getting physically active, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and reducing blood sugar.

Abundant scientific evidence has demonstrated that people achieving ideal levels of all 7 measures (“ideal cardiovascular health”) have significant lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and improved longevity, quality of life and mental health.

My Life Check

2011

Nobel Prize Awarded to Early AHA-Funded ResearcherDr. Ralph Steinman receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of dendritic cells and their role in adaptive immunology. The cells help curb infections and develop immunologic memory for protection in the future. His insights have been critical in the field transplantation. Dr. Steinman’s work was supported by an AHA Established Investigator Award from 1980-1985. 

2011

The AHA Recommends Mandatory CPR for High School GraduationThe AHA issues a scientific statement recommending making CPR mandatory for high school graduation. Iowa and Alabama are the first two states to require it. By 2017, 37 states pass such legislation, meaning 2.4 million new lifesavers graduate each year 

2012

New Scientific Journal LaunchesJAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association launches, giving the AHA a total of 12 scientific journals that help advance cardiovascular thought. As an Open Access journal, JAHA’s content is rapidly and freely available, accelerating the translation of strong science into effective practice. 

2012

AHA Funded Researcher Awarded Nobel PrizeDr. Robert Lefkowitz is co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors. These allow cells to sense and respond to internal and external signals, such as flavors, odor, light and danger. Such studies have been instrumental in developing more effective drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. Dr. Lefkowitz received AHA research funding from 1973- 1979, and won the 2009 AHA Research Achievement Award. 

2013

Collaboration Launches to Improve Children's Health Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AHA, forms to help reverse the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.Voices for Healthy Kids

2013

AHA Collaboration Launches Personalized Medicine InitiativeThe Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study launches to accelerate groundbreaking research into personalized medicine. The project is an innovative scientific collaborative partnership among AHA, Boston University and University of Mississippi Medical Center, the academic coordinating center homes, respectively, of the Framingham Heart Study and the Jackson Heart Study). The Jackson Heart Study also involves Jackson State University and Tougaloo College as partner institutions. The initiative becomes the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. 

2013

Government Tobacco Grants Program LaunchesAHA receives a five-year $19.6 million grant as one of 14 Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science (TCORS) funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a part of an on-going interagency partnership. This leads to the formation of the AHA Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC), constituted by the American Heart Association (AHA) and eight leading academic institutions to aid the development and evaluation of tobacco product regulation by the FDA and thereby contribute to the protection of public health and reduction of tobacco-related disease, disability and death. 

2014

Little Hat, Big Hearts Raises Awareness of Congenial Heart DefectsLittle Hats, Big HeartsTM starts in Chicago to celebrate American Heart Month by distributing 300 red hats to babies born in February at participating hospitals. Supporters knit and crochet the red hats to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same. By 2018, the program expanded to more than 40 states and 200,000 hats.Little hats, big hearts

2014

AHA Leads Heart Disease and Stroke Research FundingAfter 65 years of funding research, AHA’s investment in heart disease and stroke research totals more than $3.5 billion. The AHA is the leading non-profit funder of heart disease and stroke research outside the federal government.AHA and CHF logo

2014

AHA Partners with Children’s Heart FoundationThe Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) partners with the American Heart Association to establish the AHA/CHF Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards. A total of $22.5 million will be awarded from through June 2021 to support investigators who are actively conducting basic, clinical, population or translational research directly related to congenital heart defects. 

2017

Funded research surpasses $4 billionThe American Heart Association surpassed the $4 billion mark for funded research. 

2018

Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics Becomes Circulation: Genomic and Precision MedicineCirculation: Cardiovascular Genetics updated its name to Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine to reflect the evolution of science in this discipline. The journal publishes articles related to research in human cardiovascular genetics, genomics, and systems biology.