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Die historische Reise und zukünftige Richtungen der American Heart Association

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The American Heart Association has made significant progress in understanding and treating cardiovascular diseases in the 100 years since its founding in 1924. As the leading volunteer organization focused on heart and brain health, the AHA has saved millions of lives. Despite heart disease and stroke remaining the leading causes of death worldwide, the AHA emphasizes the need to combine lessons from the past with future innovations to address the challenges of the next century.

In a statement published in the peer-reviewed flagship journal, Circulation, The American Heart Association celebrates its 100th anniversary with a century of scientific progress and the future of cardiovascular science. Authored exclusively by current and former volunteer presidents of the AHA, the advisory guide presents the organization’s historical journey over the past century and outlines potential challenges and opportunities for the coming years. The guide also calls the medical and scientific community to action, urging collaboration with public and private interest groups to drive initiatives in research, clinical care, and public health to ensure a future with optimal patient care, integrity, and advancement in science and research, as well as health equity for all, ultimately striving for a world without cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

Mitchell SV Elkind, MD, MS, FAHA, Chair of the advisory committee, shared, „Scientific research identifying the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases is a cornerstone upon which the American Heart Association was built in 1924. The development of this science since 1924 has led to remarkable achievements in the prevention and therapy of heart disease and strokes, reducing the mortality rate for heart disease by more than half (70%) from 1950 to 2021 and lowering the stroke mortality rate by almost a third since 1998.“

Mariell Jessup, MD, FAHA, Deputy Chair of the advisory writing committee and Chief Science and Medical Officer for the Association, highlighted the importance of population science in discovering the modifiable risk factors contributing to heart disease and strokes, emphasizing a need to address persistent inequalities among certain population groups.

Joseph C. Wu, MD, Ph.D., FAHA, current volunteer president of the AHA, and Director of the Stanford Cardiocular Institute, discussed the future of cardiovascular science, highlighting the potential of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, gene editing technologies like CRISPR, and chip-based diagnostics to improve treatment and diagnosis.

The advisory committee also outlined several crucial issues to be addressed in the next century of the AHA’s life-saving work, including improving scientific literacy, implementing non-traditional healthcare approaches to address social and structural determinants of health, integrating organ systems, disease mechanisms, and life stages, and valuing healthcare systems to achieve significant clinical benefit.

The American Heart Association’s commitment to scientific progress and the future of cardiovascular science continues to lead the way towards a world free from cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

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