Talk:American Heart Association

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Dubious statements[edit]

The summary of the AHA's "recommendations" is misleading. They advocate limits on dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, not a diet "high in carbohydrates" (unless perhaps you have a source somewhere?) Also, the summary of their position on lipid-lowering therapy is completely misleading. I've tagged it to request sources - if none are forthcoming, I'll remove it. The AHA's recommendations can of course be summarized if properly sourced. MastCell Talk 02:55, 16 April 2007 (UTC)


I restored the section on "Controversy" and included (as MastCell recommended) both statements of statin benefit as well as the negative. There are nine sources referenced. The thrust of the section, however, starts with criticism of the AHA for their apparent stand against supplements for many years, but does include the fact that they favor statins, which must be avoided by many people (e.g. those who have severe kidney problems, have liver disease, are pregnant or have given birth recently, are breastfeeding, or simply want to avoid statin side effects of kidney disease and pancreatitis). Gekritzl 23:14, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

Still needs work for balance and undue weight. The AHA advocates the use of statins, which are proven to lower the risk of heart attacks in high-risk individuals with a reasonable side effect profile. Statin-induced pancreatitis, kidney disease, or liver disease are quite rare. The AHA does not advocate the use of vitamins, which have never been proven to lower the risk of heart disease. This is an evidence-based stance, but your paragraph makes it out to be something sinister and makes statins sound like poison, both of which are inaccurate and non-neutral. MastCell Talk 23:19, 6 June 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for your input. It's hard to retain NPOV on something that has some negative effects that should be noted. I would be happy for you to attempt to tone it more toward NPOV. Thanks again. Gekritzl 23:21, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

First, I'd like to see a citation to where the AHA actually "pushes" statins (i.e. recommends them more aggressively than other major medical organizations). My take, from their website, is that they recommend being aware of cholesterol as one of many risk factors and dealing with it in a variety of ways, including diet, exercise, and statins if necessary. Also I'd like to see where they "suppress" vitamins. These are not major positions of the AHA, and I'd prefer that this article not be diverted to become a platform for pushing the fringe views of the Life Extension Foundation or other minoritarian anti-statin, pro-supplement organizations. MastCell Talk 03:32, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

Quick comment from an anonymous surfer who happened upon this Wiki article on the AHA: I see that "Newstarget" is referenced and externally linked. Follow the link and read the commentary. The person who wrote the commentary uses himself as a "one data-point study" to support his point of view. This is considered a credible argument?

         For an organization like this it is important to know if there are funding sources that might compromise their objectivity.  In this case, I would want to know if they receive funding from drug companies and if so how much and from how many such companies.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:25, 3 September 2013 (UTC) 

Dr. Timothy Gardner[edit]

I would like to suggest this page on Dr. Timothy Gardner, which includes his biography, as a potential source for additional development of this stub or as a starting point for an entry on Dr. Gardner: From the Heart with Timothy J. Gardner, M.D. Shhoffman (talk) 20:06, 22 December 2008 (UTC)


The AHA website includes a page containing information about copyrighted content usage requests.[1] As for the use of their logo, their policy unfortunately states the following:

"Thank you for your interest in the American Heart Association. Our guidelines prohibit granting permission to use any America Heart Association logos or service marks by third parties unless they have negotiated a corporate sponsorship/licensing contract with our Corporate Relations department. The American Heart Association would dilute our ownership of our service marks if we were to grant permission for unlicensed use of those service marks."

Considering that Wikipedia is a non-profit organization, I find it very unlikely that any such negotiations will ever occur. Therefore the (defunct) image of the AHA logo, "Image:Aha logo.gif", should not be re-uploaded.Fuzzform (talk) 06:27, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Needs historical information added[edit]

There is currently a section on history but it contains no historical information. The sidebar states the organization was founded in 1924. How was it founded? Did it undergo any name and/or organizational changes? What major campaigns has the organization been part of in history? Krushia (talk) 13:16, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

"The AHA is now also a provider of training for first aid, in addition to CPR. The AHA also operates an affiliated organization, the American Stroke Association, which focuses on"

the section ends there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:37, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Latest edits by User:AHA_McLain possible WP:COI[edit]

According to the edit summaries, this editor is associated with the organization subject of this article. In my opinion this a delicate matter close to or straddling the lines defined in conflicts or interest, and definitely creates appearance of COI. The editing may also be in violation of other Wikipedia policies such as WP:NOPR and WP:SELFPROMOTE.

See these diffs:



Until we resolve this, I've tagged the article with the COI template. Mihaister (talk) 21:01, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

I note User:AHA_McLain has returned to editing directly in the article ([4], [5], [6], [7]), instead of the preferred method for COI editors to propose edits on the Talk page for discussion and consensus. Therefore, I've added the COI template back to the article. Please consult this for advice on how to proceed with edits to this article in compliance with WP policy: Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest#Advice_for_editors_who_may_have_a_conflict_of_interest. Mihaister (talk) 19:04, 3 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi gentlemen. User:AHA_McLain replied on his talk page in January, the month after this complaint. He asks reasonable questions. So I am removing the COI flag today because he acknowleges his connection and is asking for your help. If there are repeated problems we can add the flag back. I am working on an article for Alice H. Lichtenstein and am trying to clear up any confusion here (my own COI, if you will). If you have questions, please use my talk page because I probably won't see them here. Thank you. -SusanLesch (talk) 18:01, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

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Updates added[edit]

I am an employee of the American Heart Association. We have noticed that the content in the Wiki entry about our organization was outdated. We have updated the content to reflect the current president and chairperson, added additional "notables" who work with the organization to the existing section on notables and celebrities, included the names and links to the other AHA journals that were not included in the list of publication and added additional citations. We have corrected the date that the Go Red for Women program began (2004 not 2010 as previous noted).

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Respectfully, SGrant_AHA SGrant AHA (talk) 17:20, 16 January 2019 (UTC)