American Heart Association

Attn: Northeast PA Go Red Four Gateway Center 444 Liberty Ave, Suite 1300 Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Meghan Lennox Gagorik

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. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers can advocate for change, become a heart walk hero, become a power ambassador for your church, help local women live healthier, host a fundraising event, join the go red for women health movement, learn to save lives, participate in life saving research, support heart patients and caregivers, make healthier workplace choices, and teach your community healthy habits. Check with them for specific special events like the Heart Walk.

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