Did you know that the proportion of premature deaths from diseases of the heart is greatest among American Indians and Alaska Natives (36 percent) and blacks (31.5 percent) and lowest among whites (14.7 percent)?

This is why many of our advocacy activities are aimed at increasing awareness, educating lawmakers, promoting research, and improving quality and access to care to reduce disparities among women, minority populations and to improve every person’s overall health. Over the years, we have worked to pave the way for medical innovations such as new medications to control high blood pressure and lower cholesterol, pacemakers, coronary bypass and new treatments for stroke. Our efforts, along with our advocate’s efforts, have led to portable defibrillators in crowded cities and rural areas, smoke-free communities across the country and improved nutrition in our schools. To show your legislators that heart health issues are important to you, please visit our Take Action center to send your supportive message today and encourage others to send a message through Facebook.