Every Heartbeat Matters

In 2014, we committed our philanthropy to impact the global burden of heart valve disease by supporting the education, screening and treatment of one million underserved people by 2020. In 2018, something amazing happened…our partners achieved our goal early.

Now, we are reaching for 1.5 million. Will you join us?

By partnering with over 60 cardiac- and patient-focused non-profit organizations, we’ve been able to impact the global burden of heart valve disease by educating, screening and treating over 1 million underserved people in over 35 countries.

But we aren’t done yet.

Over 11 million people in the U.S. and millions more globally are affected by this deadly, yet treatable, disease. Every Heartbeat Matters is focused helping those with the greatest challenges: those who can’t afford to travel for treatment, those who live in countries where there are no options for treatment, those who will never know they have a disease until it’s too late. It’s an urgent need.

Because of this, we have committed more than half of our charitable giving to Every Heartbeat Matters from 2014 to 2020.

Will you join us?

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.

Every Heartbeat Matters reporting

Our Every Heartbeat Matters initiative measures with rigor 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. The Every Heartbeat Matters reporting tool may be useful for data collection.

Please note that every year 10% of Every Heartbeat Matters partners are selected for a review of submitted results. We recommend all primary sources of impact (such as registration lists from events or impression reports from communications) are kept for at least two years.

For more information about our annual performance and goals, please visit the access to healthcare page of our sustainability report.

*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.

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