Anaheim, California - The American Heart Association awarded its Basic Research Prize for 2017 to Walter J. Koch, Ph.D., of the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, "for basic cardiovascular studies that have identified novel molecular targets for treating heart failure and advanced prospective therapy to the doorstep of clinical trials."

Anaheim, California - The American Heart Association presented one of its highest honors, the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award, to Gary D. Webb., M.D., of the University of Cincinnati "for his extensive and successful mentoring of countless pediatric and adult cardiologists, many of whom have gone on to establish and enhance noteworthy congenital heart disease treatment programs throughout the world."

Washington, DC - A non-partisan group of 29 patient, provider and consumer groups praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for crafting bipartisan legislation that will help stabilize the individual insurance markets:

Washington, DC - More than 330 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from 46 states were in Washington, D.C. today to advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Personal trainer, survivor and host of NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper, participated in the event. The advocates urged their members of Congress to prioritize National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for heart and stroke research and to support bills that would expand access to stroke telemedicine (telestroke) and cardiac rehabilitation. They also encouraged their lawmakers to oppose the health care bill.

Dallas, Texas - The American Heart Association, the world's leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, has elected its national volunteer officers for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins July 1.