1 in 5 people will have a stroke.

Tessa, a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader, was getting ready for work one morning when her arm went numb. She was unable to speak and collapsed. After 36 hours, Tessa was found in her home on the floor. She had suffered a stroke.

Thanks to the American Heart Association’s support of lifesaving research and medical breakthroughs, Tessa got her life back.

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The American Heart Association is the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government, resulting in 14 Nobel Prize winners and several important medical breakthroughs including techniques and standards for CPR, the first artificial heart valve, implantable pacemakers, cholesterol inhibitors, microsurgery and drug-coated stents.

The American Heart Association helps save lives through research that leads to medical breakthroughs; education that leads to individual prevention; and advocating for change in systems and policies that together help loved ones, families and communities live happier, healthier and longer lives.


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