The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: ''Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.''
The mission statement was updated by the American Heart Association in April 2007. The mission statement undergoes a formal review process every third year.
The association's impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25% by 2010. Progress toward the goal will be measured according to these indicators:
* Reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and stroke by 25 percent.
* Reduce the prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol and physical inactivity by 25 percent.
* Reduce the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure by 25 percent.
* Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.
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