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.

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.