Our philanthropic initiative, Every Heartbeat Matters (EHM), focuses on impacting the lives of underserved patients.

By partnering with over 60 patient- and cardiac-focused charitable partners around the world, we have invested more than $30 million and countless hours of employees' dedication to create the EHM community.

Between 2014-2020, the EHM community has impacted the global burden of heart valve disease by educating, screening and treating over 1.7 million underserved people, surpassing the initial goal of 1 million. Based on the accumulated knowledge and experience over the past six years on how to have the greatest impact on patients, Edwards is focused on its next phase of EHM.  

We will improve the lives of 2.5 million additional underserved structural heart and critical care patients by the end of 2025. 

Together with our charitable partners we will:  

  • Broaden the initiative’s focus from heart valve disease to all structural heart diseases and critical care support;  
  • Impact each stage of the patient journey from detection to treatment, with an additional emphasis of recovery, and;  
  • Establish an enhanced product donation program that provides EHM partners with access to donated Edwards products to provide humanitarian treatment for underserved patients outside the U.S.

     



Stories of impact from Every Heartbeat Matters

Click on the images in the map below for a video of our patients' stories.

Every Heartbeat Matters tools and resources

Every Heartbeat Matters is a community of charitable partners working together to improve the lives of underserved structural heart disease and critical care patients. Our partners are committed to collaborating and sharing resources that can help others, including the tools below.

Research and data

The Silver Book: Valve Disease

Alliance for Aging Research

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Annotated Bibliography on Patient Support Networks Every Heartbeat Matters 2019 Partner Summit

Rose Li & Associates

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Patient resources

Heart Valve CareLine and Financial Aid Fund

Patient Advocate Foundation

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Treatment for valve disease

Cleveland Clinic

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How to become a Heart Valve Ambassador

American Heart Association

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Understanding a potential heart valve problem

American Heart Association

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How can I prepare for surgery

American Heart Association

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How can I recover from surgery

American Heart Association

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What is Heart Valve Disease

Heart Valve Voice US (English & Spanish)

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Public education materials

What everyone should know about heart valves

American Heart Association

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Valve disease symptom tracker

American Heart Association

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What is valve disease

Cleveland Clinic

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What is an echocardiogram

Cleveland Clinic

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Rheumatic Heart Disease public education video

Stanford BioDesign

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Defining underserved

We identify underserved people as those who have a health disparity as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention* and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate healthcare.

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health disparity as a type of difference in health that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities negatively affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health. These obstacles stem from characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion such as race or ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location. Other characteristics include cognitive, sensory, or physical disability.


Every Heartbeat Matters reporting

Our Every Heartbeat Matters measures the results of our philanthropic grants. Each partner is required to adhere to our program guidelines and reporting obligations. Partners are provided a link to the reporting portal when data are due.



Product donations

We partner with an experienced organization, MAP International, to offer EHM partners donated products to perform humanitarian treatment for underserved structural heart and critical care patients outside the U.S. Through this partnership, we are also offering patient care packages, assembled by employees, to underserved patients around the world.  

MAP International is an organization dedicated to providing medicine and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest.

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