Washington, D.C., February 7, 2017 In conjunction with American Heart Month, the American Heart Association will release a new report, “Cardiovascular Disease: A Costly Burden for America” during a live media teleconference on February 14. The report updates the association’s 2011 projections. This latest data examines how CVD will continue to be America’s most burdensome disease in the next decades based on cost, prevalence, death rates and disability.

During the teleconference, you will hear what the association recommends to combat CVD in this political environment – including the implications of the Affordable Care Act, as well as federal research funding allocation. You will also hear from a heart disease survivor who will share how he deals with the daily burden of this life-altering disease, which affects 1 in 3 Americans.


Dr. Steven Houser, President, American Heart Association – Dr. Houser will provide a detailed summary of the association’s new report.

Shane Mandel, Heart Disease Survivor – Shane is a 35-year-old who suffered two heart attacks a year ago. For this military vet, avid cyclist and father of three, heart disease was hereditary. Shane will share his powerful story and growing concerns about the impact CVD may have on the future health of his children


Media Teleconference, Q&A to follow speakers

 Passcode: 3527010

If you have trouble accessing the conference call, please call: 1-800-475-5000


February 14, 2017
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. EST


ContactAbbey Dively (202) 785-7905 abbey.dively@heart.org