Before the American Heart Association existed, people with heart disease were thought to be doomed to complete bed rest.
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.
Mika Leah is a board member of the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division. She's an ambassador for the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.
She is also the founder of Goomi, a wellness company that aims to help people reduce stress and get healthy.
Dr. Luanda Grazette is a cardiologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC. She is also a volunteer expert with the American Heart Association.
Join Kari Steele as she talks to Dr. Luanda Grazette and Mika about the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women and more!
For more information and how you can help volunteer, click here.
To learn more about cardiovascular disease, click here!