|What is the Living
The Living Heart Foundation (LHF) was founded by Archie Roberts, MD,in 2001, following a grant from the Charles Edison Fund (Newark, NJ). The Foundation is currently a nationally functioning, multi-institutional, 501 (c) (3) public charity that is IRB approved while dedicated to health education, screening, database creation, outcomes reporting and wellness program development. In practice, LHF delivers a unique brand of education and health features to diverse communities in need. This is achieved through the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships that include healthcare providers, educators, schools, hospitals, industry and active/retired professional athletes. This blending is our form of a public/private collaborative.
Living Heart Foundation (LHF) is a nonprofit
organization under IRS 501 (c) (3) code which was
initially funded by a grant from the Edison
Foundation. Subsequently, private donations
have been obtained from companies like Pfizer,
Health System and from individuals.
was established by retired cardiac surgeon Arthur J.
Roberts, M.D. in April 2001 to combat sudden cardiac
death and to provide risk stratification with early
intervention for cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic
conditions through on-site screening and integrated
has been dedicated to providing these services to
specific groups that traditionally have been overlooked,
especially high school, college and professional
athletes. The initial efforts began with a number
of high schools in Massachusetts, followed by the
Columbia football team. In the next phase, the
Foundation has extended its services to rescue workers
at the World Trade Center disaster, and has been invited
to assist at the Summer 2004 Olympics in Greece.
recently, the LHF has begun a national health screening
program involving current and retired professional
football players. Coincidentally, the
organization has become a partner with the American
Heart Association, the American
College of Cardiology, and Pfizer
in an exciting new movement called the Boomer
Coalition. The purpose of this alliance is to
promote public awareness of the significance of CV
disease in the aging baby boomers.
Roberts has assembled a World-Class Board
Living Heart Foundation's mission is fivefold:
results of early detection and intervention through the
Foundation's integrated-preventative approach significantly
decrease medical costs compared to persistent,
uncorrected abnormalities and increase compliance
related to achieving healthcare goals.
State-of-the-art technology to deliver information and
create interactive programs can be customized as needed.
intense awareness of the importance of CV disease;
early detection of CV abnormalities through
a health stratification database;
the health data longitudinally;
website education and lifestyle programs to empower
people to counter adverse effects of persistent
Arthur J. Roberts
Foundation's Chairman and President is Arthur J.
Roberts, MD. Dr. Roberts is a Columbia College graduate
and a noted cardiac surgeon, former Chairman of the
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Boston University
Medical Center, and a published author of over 110
scientific journal and book articles. As an ex NFL
Quarterback, Dr. "Archie" Roberts brings a
unique perspective to the project.