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?

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 impact the global burden of heart valve disease. As such, our partners are committed to collaborating and sharing resources that can help others impact underserved heart valve patients. Below are tools and resources from this community.

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 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.

Product donations

AmeriCares is an international non-profit relief and humanitarian aid organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. Every year, Edwards Lifesciences donates thousands of our medical technologies to AmeriCares, including heart valves, critical care monitoring devices and cardiac surgery products. These technologies are donated to non-profit organizations and charitable medical missions providing cardiac services in some of the most impoverished parts of the world, where even basic medical care is often lacking.

To request Edwards products, and many other life-saving products, create an account at Americares and complete their online application. Note that the application must be completed by a U.S. based clinician, and requires a copy of current state medical license (or other form of government issued ID such as a driver’s license).

Contact Americares: medicaloutreach@americares.org

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