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American Heart Association
Founders Physicians and social workers
Founded 1915
Headquarters 7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231-4596
Staff Nancy A. Brown, Chief Executive Officer
Mission "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke"
Motto Learn and Live
Website Official Website

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

The American Heart Association publishes a standard for providing basic and advanced life support, including standards for proper performance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Most widely accepted certification for basic life support (BLS). The AHA is now also a provider of training for first aid, in addition to CPR.

Dr. Timothy Gardner, M.D. is the current President of the American Heart Association.

The AHA also operates an affiliated organization, the American Stroke Association, which focuses on care, research and prevention of strokes.

In 1994, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, an industry publication, released the results of the largest study of charitable and non-profit organization popularity and credibility conducted by Nye Lavalle & Associates. The study showed that the American Heart Association was ranked as the 5th "most popular charity/non-profit in America" of over 100 charities researched with 45% of Americans over the age of 12 choosing Love and Like A lot for the American Heart Association .[1]

On November 30, 2009, The American Heart Association announced a new cardiac arrest awareness campaign called Be the Beat.[2] The campaign’s aim is to help create the next generation of lifesavers by teaching 12- to 15-year-olds fun ways to learn the basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator. The official site, BetheBeat.heart.org, contains interactive games, quizzes, and a playlist of 100-beat-per-minute songs, as well as a section for teachers and administrators who want to incorporate CPR and AED educational information into their schools.

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  1. ^ The Charities Americans Like Most And Least, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 13, 1996 And USA Today, December 20, 1994, "Charity begins with health", FINAL 01D
  2. ^ Association's Campaign Inspires Teens to Use CPR, AEDs to Save Lives
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