The American Heart Association's mission is building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the world.
Life is why the American Heart Association exists.
Someone dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease every 43 seconds in this country. They miss out on life's precious moments. They leave behind a family and friends who loved them. This is your chance to help save lives. Thousands of Iowan’s suffer from heart disease every year and the American Heart Association is at the forefront of changing that narrative.
In 2017 alone, 36 companies in the Des Moines area received educational resources and classes on heart healthy lifestyles and hands-only CPR. Over the last five years over 140,000 Iowans have been trained in the life saving training of CPR by the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association has provided 9 Des Moines area schools with CPR training kits in the past 3 years. The potential impact of those kits could be over 20,000 people.
In 2017 over 10 million dollars were granted to various research institutions throughout the state of Iowa. These include both the University of Iowa and Des Moines University.
The American Heart Association has a strong presence in both local governments and the state governments. AHA has been at the forefront of passing the clean air act banning all smoking in public places, the pulse oximetry requirements, requiring all Iowa high school seniors to learn CPR, etc.
Little Hats Big Hearts has been implemented in all 99 counties throughout the state of Iowa promoting the early detection of Congenital Heart Defects in infants.
The American Heart Association pushed for the requirement that all restaurants post calorie counts for food by the year 2020.
In 2016 the state of Iowa launched mission lifeline, providing standars for rural communities on how to treat cardiac arrest and stroke patients. The AHA helped train and implement these new policies and procedures.