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 and public 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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Patient resources including symptom tracker, pre-treatment checklist, and more

American Heart Association

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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

English video Spanish videoNepalese videoIndian video

Rheumatic Heart Disease awareness brochure (Creole)

Haiti Cardiac Alliance

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Rheumatic Heart Disease educational coloring book

World Heart Federation

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Rheumatic Heart Disease education flip chart

Reach

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Go to Guide for Valve Disease

Mended Hearts

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Catalog of Recommendations and Guidance on Heart Valve Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic

Heart Valve Voice US

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Defining underserved

We identify underserved people as those who have a health disparity as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services* and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate healthcare.

* U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines a health disparity as “a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.

Program and reporting guidelines

Our Every Heartbeat Matters measures the results of our philanthropic grants. Each partner is required to adhere to our program and reporting guidelines. 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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