Our Mission

To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed.

From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,800 employees. Learn more about our impact over time.

Changing Policy

Since 2010, 18.2 million people in the U.S. have gained health care coverage, largely due to the Affordable Care Act. Yet affordable health care remains a major issue. By recent estimates, 30.4 million people nationwide are uninsured, and another 44 million people are “underinsured.” The AHA is fighting for these people.

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.

Our size and scope let us have real impact. We have invested more than $4.5 billion in research, more than any U.S. nonprofit organization.

Financial Highlights

The figures on this page show the financial activities of the National Center, affiliates and all other components of the American Heart Association and its division, the American Stroke Association, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020.

fiscal year 2019 through 2020 public expenses and other revenue pie chart


Fiscal Year 2019 through 2020 expenses pie chart

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