Centennial Coverage

The AHA turns 100

For 100 years, the American Heart Association, along with our volunteers, supporters and collaborating organizations, has worked to build longer, healthier lives. Here is a look at major feats over our first century.

When the AHA was founded June 10, 1924, heart disease was considered a death sentence. The best option for many people, they were told, was bed rest. There was no treatment, no hope. But the AHA’s founders didn’t believe that. They felt that if we only understood heart disease, treatments would follow. And were they ever right. Fast-forward to today and there are not only treatments, but proven ways to lower your risk for heart disease as well as stroke. Through scientific research and the power of millions of volunteers and supporters, we have a deeper understanding of the many factors that contribute to these diseases: from traditional medical issues such has high blood pressure to societal problems, structural racism and discrimination.

And there’s no letting up in the next 100 years as we remain devoted to a future of health and hope for everyone, everywhere.
 100 Years

A century of progress against cardiovascular disease

While the AHA began as a small medical association, it’s now, well, everywhere. The dedication of millions of volunteers and supporters has resulted in healthier lives wherever you turn: the grocery store, restaurants, airplanes, communities and, of course, in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Did you know?

A century of historical tidbits

Royalties paid to use the image of Joan Crawford, who was born on March 23 (around 1906 – sources vary on the year), have benefited the American Heart Association. The association also once earned some of the royalties from her films “Berserk” and “Strait-Jacket.”

Bold Stories From the Heart

A Century of Heart

Stories about the American Heart Association’s 100 years of progress fighting heart disease, stroke and related conditions.

As the American Heart Association has evolved since its founding 100 years ago, scientific and medical discovery has always been at the forefront. (AHA archives)

What it takes to be 'relentless'

Presidential advisory explores the AHA as a multifaceted engine of past, present and future progress.

Cardiac psychologist Katie Sears Edwards, Ph.D., finds inspiration in the career of the legendary cardiologist in her family, American Heart Association co-founder Paul Dudley White. "My whole work in cardiac psychology is about treating the whole person, not just their heart condition." (Photo by Stanford Health Care)

A century later, psychologist carries on a heart-focused family legacy

When Katie Sears Edwards works with patients, she feels a special connection to a distant relative, Paul Dudley White, the late cardiology pioneer who co-founded the American Heart Association.

Eugene Braunwald (American Heart Association)

Introducing the Centennial Collection: A century of cardiology progress

Legendary cardiologist Eugene Braunwald provides perspective on 100 years of medical progress against heart disease.

Our Future Is About Improving Yours


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Second Century

Your support is the heartbeat of the American Heart Association and will help us achieve our anniversary celebration goal of raising $500 million by June 2024.

Centennial Edition Merchandise on ShopHeart

Limited edition merchandise created exclusively for the celebration of our centennial anniversary.

collage image with AHA quarter zip fleece and AHA coffee mug and AHA 100 years pin