Since its founding in 1924, the American Heart Association (AHA) has become one of the most widely recognized and respected non-profit organizations in the United States. Seeking to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans from all walks of life, the AHA focuses on funding research and education.
Heart Disease: A Sobering Reality
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and men and claims the lives of approximately 600,000 people in the United States every year. In other words:
- Heart disease takes more lives than every type of cancer combined.
- One in every four deaths in America is caused by heart disease.
Heart disease is usually preventable, yet many people don’t recognize its most common symptoms. The AHA’s motto – “Learn and Live” – exemplifies the belief that through public education, people can identify and even prevent serious cardiovascular issues.
Learn More to Save a Life
Even though heart disease is the #1 killer and stroke is the #4 killer of men and women in the U.S., many people assume that they are not at risk for these and other cardiovascular diseases. They may be unaware of a family history of heart disease or that certain lifestyle factors can increase their risk for developing heart problems. Unfortunately, this lack of awareness could prove deadly.
Drawing from the AHA’s guidelines, the Heart Guild of Houston designed these Save a Life pages to provide simple resources for:
- Using hands-only CPR
- Identifying the signs of a heart attack
- Identifying the signs of a stroke
- Taking steps to prevent heart disease
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