This past year, the AHA trained over 756,000 individuals in Florida how to save a life with our CPR training.
The AHA has funded research that led to many medical breakthroughs, including pacemakers, artificial heart valves, CPR, and blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs. Every year, the AHA funds the most promising research by cardiovascular scientists at top research institutions across the country.
In 1960, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was developed by the AHA which continues to lead the way in CPR guidelines, research and training. Only 31 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR and only 1 in 10 survive - yet research shows that immediate CPR can double or triple survival rates. The AHA focuses on CPR public awareness, classes, corporate training, and educating students in middle and high school.
American Heart Heroes
Since 1996, the AHA's American Heart Heroes program has made life more hopeful for children and families in Florida living with pediatric heart disease. The program provides ongoing emotional support, access to educational information and community resources, and a variety of opportunities for families to share and learn from others coping with similar challenges. The American Heart Heroes program currently serves 1,137 families in the state of Florida and 63 families in Dade County.
Get With The Guidelines
Our programs support healthcare professionals' quest for quality improvement and better patient care, with up-to-date treatment guidelines, tools and resources for hospitals and outpatient practices.
Get With the Guidelines is a hospital-based program to improve care for patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke, using in-hospital modules for myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, A-Fib and resuscitation.