American Heart Association

Heart disease survivor donates $5 million to fund research center for heart disease in women


Years ago, when Sally Soter was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, she told her doctor she was determined to conquer heart disease — and help other women facing it too.

Her commitment to fighting the No. 1 killer of women […]

Global experts discuss studies linking heart health and brain health


The critical link between heart health and brain health — and the need for a strong public health message about it — is on the international stage this week, as health leaders gather in Geneva for the 68th annual World Health Assembly.

A Tuesday event during the weeklong meeting examined recent […]

AHA CEO visits Dallas students, discusses healthy school meals


The cafeteria line at Charles Rice Learning Center in south Dallas was awash in leafy greens and fresh fruits Tuesday. Lunch featured vegan taco salad, sliced bell peppers, fruit salad — and a visit from American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

Brown joined students for a healthy […]

Foundation bolsters commitment to fighting childhood obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, announced a $500 million commitment to help all kids achieve a healthy weight, focusing on people and places hardest hit by obesity.

About one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, according […]

American Heart Association expands global efforts

The American Heart Association now has web pages in eight languages to reach more people with lifesaving information. Cardiovascular disease is expected to kill about 23 million people a year globally by 2030, and the launch supports the AHA’s belief that everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life.

The […]

Anti-smoking campaign one of century’s best

A campaign dedicated to wiping out youth smoking was named one of the top 15 ad campaigns of the 21st Century by Advertising Age on Jan. 12. Cigarettes are the leading preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans a year and leaving 16 million others suffering […]

AHA CEO appointed to C-TAC’s board of directors

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown has been appointed to the board of directors of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

Brown also serves as co-chairperson of C-TAC’s Steering Committee, a role she has held since the organization was founded in 2011. She was a panelist at C-TAC’s 2013 National […]

American Heart Association volunteer Kenneth Bloch dies at 58

Longtime American Heart Association volunteer Kenneth Daniel Bloch, M.D., 58, died Saturday after a long illness. Bloch had served on the association’s national board of directors and as vice chairman of the committee that planned Scientific Sessions, the association’s largest annual science meeting.

“With the passing of Ken Bloch, the American […]

Longtime Bugher Foundation trustee dies at 88

During a long, successful tenure overseeing the Episcopal Church’s pension, Robert “Bob” Robinson befriended one of the organization’s board members, an attorney named Nelson Adams. Adams also was a trustee of another group, and asked Robinson to bring his financial prowess to that organization.

Robinson eagerly agreed, and was glad […]

AHA: E-cigarettes threaten to addict next generation of smokers; regulation, further study needed

While much is still unknown about the rapidly growing electronic cigarette industry, e-cigarettes are dangerous because they target young people, can keep people hooked on nicotine, and threaten to “re-normalize” tobacco use, according to the American Heart Association’s first policy statement on these products.

The American Heart Association – which […]