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April 11, 2024
100 years of Lifesaving Work and Counting: Happy Birthday to the American Heart Association

Since 1924, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke and helping people to live longer, healthier lives. Our local AHA shares ways that you can stay healthy, get involved and help raise awareness right here in NEPA.

The American Heart Association is celebrating its Centennial in 2024 with “Bold Hearts” and a vision for advancing health and hope for everyone, everywhere.

Bold Hearts™ – the American Heart Association Centennial – celebrates 100 years of progress and a vision for a brighter future for all. That’s the driving force of the Association. Our future is about improving yours.

Bold moves, and dedicated researchers and volunteers, have resulted in significant medical advancements over 100 years: the first artificial heart valve, implantable pacemakers, cholesterol-lowering medications, techniques for CPR and much more. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites more than 35 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,900 employees. Working as a global force, the Association is transforming the way the world understands, treats and prevents cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Your American Heart Association is advancing health and hope for all and creating a vision for brighter tomorrows free from these diseases. Join us in celebrating all the patients, survivors and caregivers of heart disease and stroke – and honoring those we have lost.

With bold hearts, the American Heart Association’s volunteers, supporters and staff forge ahead into the organization’s second century. The Association will continue to fuel science and innovation, fund lifesaving research, stand for the rights of patients and caregivers, work with communities, and transcend the way we live, work and play. This relentless pursuit will continue until heart disease and stroke no longer exist.

As champions of health equity, the American Heart Association is committed to advancing cardiovascular health for all. The Association has ramped up its ongoing work toward health equity with bold actions known as “10 Commitments.” Through research, advocacy, community work and more, these Commitments are designed to remove barriers to health care access and quality.

The Association also leads the creation and socialization of research-driven cardiovascular care and CPR guidelines. And fosters continuous quality improvement through hospital and health care programs to ensure everyone gets the best possible care.

More than $5.7 billion invested in cardiovascular medical research makes the American Heart Association the leading nonprofit funding heart and stroke research – second only to the U.S. government. The Association has funded over 49,000 projects, leading to significant breakthroughs in cardiovascular and stroke discovery, translation and clinical application.

Join us as we harness 100 years of saving and improving lives to boldly build a Second Century of equitable health for all. Visit to learn more.