About AHA Research
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We are working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.
Funding research is a cornerstone of the American Heart Association’s lifesaving mission. It is a pillar upon which the AHA was founded nearly a century ago. It is ingrained in our organization’s DNA, and will always be part of our ongoing legacy.
The AHA research program has tremendous impact. The new knowledge and advances that result from our research benefit millions of lives in every corner of the U.S. and around the world. The research findings made possible by the AHA are translated into guidelines which give healthcare providers the medical advancements and knowledge they need to most effectively treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular illnesses. As the largest source of funding for cardiovascular disease and stroke research next to the federal government, AHA is committed to funding cutting-edge science and building careers in science and research impacting every aspect of CVD and stroke prevention and treatment.
Research is changing and the AHA is changing with it. The new research vision of the AHA ensures our program is at the forefront of these changes occurring across the globe. The vision emphasizes collaborative and team research, accelerating discovery, and driving groundbreaking research outcomes.
The AHA Research Program is guided by 12 Essential Elements developed by a broad group of key stakeholders including science volunteers.