American Heart Association

Awardee Haddock committed to global outreach


Traveling the world for business, Ron Haddock has witnessed the global need for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. He’s also experienced it in his personal life.

“I’ve had my chest cracked twice with two open-heart surgeries,” Haddock said. In the mid-1990s, though seemingly healthy, he was […]

AHA expands hospital program in Dubai


The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday became the first country outside the United States to fully implement an American Heart Association program that helps hospitals improve cardiovascular care.

Get With The Guidelines is an evidence-based, in-hospital continuous quality improvement process designed to improve treatment and prevent […]

St. Jude Medical Foundation commits $1 million to improve heart failure care


St. Jude Medical Foundation is donating $1 million to improve hospital care for heart failure patients in Minnesota and Texas.

The pilot sponsorship program for the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative will fund staff, training, clinical tools, patient education materials and data […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

Hospital evaluations increase, but not created equally

The rate of available public information about healthcare and hospitals has gone from a trickle to a steady stream in the last decade. Now, patients and other consumers have a world of evaluations, ratings and rankings they can use to help them take charge of their healthcare.

But not all […]

More than 5 million treated through Get With The Guidelines

More than 5 million people have received heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines, thanks to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association program that helps hospitals follow those guidelines.

The association’s Get With The Guidelines program hit the 5 million-patient milestone this month and also the […]

Chinese stroke patients recover better when hospitals follow guidelines

Chinese stroke patients are less likely to get pneumonia or die when hospitals follow treatment guidelines, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Closer adherence to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program led to a drop […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

Get With The Guidelines program helps hospitals deliver better care, journal paper says

Following the Get With The Guidelinesprogram — which was launched by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve in-hospital quality — helps hospitals deliver better care for a broad range of cardiovascular conditions.

According to a paper released Tuesday in the journal Circulation, hospitals consistently following Get With The […]

Stroke therapy research receives $2 million award

Duke researcher Dr. Adrian Hernandez is investigating common stroke medications and therapies for stroke survivors — particularly those over 65 years old, women and minorities — to help determine the benefits and risks.

His three-year study – Patient-Centered Outcomes Research into Outcomes Stroke Patients Prefer and Effectiveness Research  – will […]