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68% of adults and 31.8% of children are



80% of adults don’t get recommended




is the #1 cause of death for Americans


Someone has a HEART ATTACK every 43 seconds


STROKE is the #1 cause of disability in the U.S.


80% of CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE can be prevented

Our Mission

The Hope Heart Institute is committed to serving humanity through cardiovascular research and education.  We are dedicated to preventing and treating heart and blood vessel disease, and to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of – or affected by – cardiovascular disease.

Who We Are / What We Do

Every 40 seconds an American dies from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases, making it the #1 killer in America.  Heart disease and stroke take more lives than all forms of cancer combined and cost the US $314 billion a year in healthcare services and medications. But cardiovascular disease is not a number…it is our parents, husbands, wives and children.

The Hope was founded by renowned cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Lester Sauvage who performed more than 10,000 surgeries in his career and mentored 40+ surgical fellows from around the world.

Although originally focused on treatment, Dr. Sauvage was a pioneer in understanding the need for research on prevention. He was also one of the first people to make the scientific link between behavior and cardiovascular disease. The Hope is now entirely dedicated to prevention research and behavior-based prevention education.



School based programs educating youth on anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress reduction and goal setting.


With a focus on identifying signs, symptoms and ways to decrease cardiovascular disease, Women Take Heart partners with under resourced communities at high risk for cardiovascular disease by providing free community education, resources and support.


The Hope provides Hands Only CPR and AED training to increase awareness and preparedness for individuals to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.