January is over, it’s February and our partner the American Heart Association (AHA) has a lot to celebrate. Not only is February 2nd AHA Wear Red Day, it’s also AHA Heart Month and… (drumroll please) 2024 is the 100th birthday of the Association.
As a company founded in 1868, we’d like to welcome AHA to the century club. More importantly, we’d like to reflect back on some of the key accomplishments and progress made by AHA, thanks in part to associates, donors and company partners.
- Helped contribute to the first medicine to lower blood pressure
- Supported a landmark study that showed high blood pressure can decrease life expectancy
- Led developments of the first external defibrillator, then the first portable defibrillator, leading to CPR being embraced as a lifesaving technique
- Contributed to the first battery-operated, wearable pacemaker
These are just a few examples of the impact AHA has had–and continues to have–on all of our lives. So let’s join AHA in celebrating Wear Red Day, Heart Month and its anniversary year. Learn more information on the Heart Walk.