National Institutes of Health Research

Updated:Oct 12,2016
NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world leader in medical research, supports studies dedicated to acquiring new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose and treat disease and disability. The decline in the death rates from cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease and stroke, can be directly linked to NIH-supported research – with promising treatment and prevention opportunities on the horizon. Medical research is also a major source of innovation and economic growth, with the NIH funding projects in all 50 states. Despite these benefits, the agency is chronically underfunded, especially for heart and stroke research. The NIH invests only four percent of its budget on heart research and a mere one percent on stroke research.

Our federal advocacy priorities for NIH research are:

  • Protect federal support for the NIH.
  • Advocate for increased NIH funding for heart and stroke research.

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AHA Coalitions

The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition

The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition is made up of over 200 members of Congress who are dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition is made up of over 200 members of Congress who are dedicated to the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The National Coalition for Heart and Stroke Research is made up of organizations united in support for increased funding of heart and stroke research. Learn more about the coalition's member organizations and ways you can get involved here.

The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) --  Are you caring for a loved one with heart disease, or who has had a stroke?  Please share your story, your list of needs and wishes, and the NCFA will share them with policymakers, the media, and healthcare professionals in an effort to make life better for you and your loved one.