Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to complete bed rest — or destined to imminent death.
But a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers believed it didn’t have to be that way. They conducted studies to learn more about heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. Then, on June 10, 1924, they met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association — believing that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. The early American Heart Association enlisted help from hundreds, then thousands, of physicians and scientists.
“We were living in a time of almost unbelievable ignorance about heart disease,” said Paul Dudley White, one of six cardiologists who founded the organization.
In 1948, the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization composed of science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff.
Since then, the AHA has grown rapidly in size and influence — nationally and internationally — into an organization of more than 33 million volunteers and supporters dedicated to improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
7272 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, 75231, TX
Accessible Location: No
|Type of Organization||Nonprofit (501c3)|
|Categories||Advocacy, Disability Specific, Emotional Support, Health & Fitness, Medical, Trainings, Other|
|Spanish Services Offered?||No|
|Child Care Available?||No|
|Age Range||All ages, Birth - 3, 3 - 5, 6 - 11, 12 - 14, 15 - 21, 22 and up|
|Disability Categories||Genetic Disorder, Medical Condition|
|This organization pertains to all disabilities?||No|
|This organization pertains to these specific diagnoses||Arrhythmia, Cardiomyopathy, Congenital Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Failure, Heart Murmurs, Heart Transplant, Rheumatic Heart Disease|
|Is this a statewide service?||Yes|
|Contact Name||Rebecca Taylor|