10 Things About Trisha Khaleghi & the American Heart Association


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The American Heart Association funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies and provides lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is focused on advancing cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality by funding more than $24 million in active research in San Diego. If not for the American Heart Association, Trisha Khaleghi’s son might not be alive today.

#1 I grew up in Northern Indiana – in Columbia City.


#2 Kauai is my favorite travel destination.


#3 I have been to 3 Super Bowls – and watched the Cowboys win all 3 times.


#4 If I have free time, I exercise. Exercise is good for your heart and mental health.


#5 My son Blake was born with a congenital heart defect. He is alive today because of the work the American Heart Association does.

#6 We adopted our dog Luna from Helen Woodward when our oldest son when to college. Luna is now 9 years old.


#7 When I became CEO of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, I really wanted to use that platform to amplify what the American Heart Association does. Like all maternity hospitals, we have seen an increase in pregnancy complications due to heart conditions. It is so important for women to know that heart disease can strike at any stage in life and to be familiar with the symptoms.


#8 Next month, I am chairing the American Heart Association 2022 San Diego Go Red for Women movement. The Go Red for Women funds allow us to offer educational programs, advancing women’s understanding about their risk for heart disease and providing tools and motivation to help women reduce their risk to protect their health.


#9 Proceeds from Go Red for Women activities also support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health.


#10 Since 2004, the Go Red for Women movement has educated millions of women as to their No. 1 health threat: cardiovascular disease. But now we face a new challenge, younger women and women of color are not aware that this threat is real. We continue to innovate ways to ensure all women are aware of their greatest health threat, their risks and what they can do to reduce them. Good health is a journey, not a destination, and we want to walk hand in hand with women throughout their lifetimes as their trusted wellness partner.

American Heart Association
Go Red For Women
Friday, April 29
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Registration, Silent Auction & Health Expo
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch & Program
U.S. Grant