Western States Affiliate Research

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Western States Affiliate Research
Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day — one person every 39 seconds.  Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined.  On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. 

Research is a major weapon in our fight against these diseases

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.4 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  From the development of CPR to open heart surgery, we have been a part of many important research milestones.  We've funded 13 Nobel Prize winners, helped link dietary fat with cholesterol, funded the creation of the first pacemaker and supported early research for the arterial stent. We're second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research; however, each year we need more resources to attract and encourage promising scientists to careers in cardiovascular and stroke programs, fund high-quality research projects and originate new programs to meet the needs of the research community.

Learn more about the American Heart Association's 2012 research efforts or find out what research grants have been awarded in your state.

We have made some pretty incredible advances in cardiovascular disease and stroke over the years.  Check our some of our amazing heart and stroke research accomplishments!

Are you interested in learning more about the research process?  What our goals are, how we fund research and more!

Find Stroke Care Near You
Six out of 10 Americans don’t know where stroke-certified hospitals are in their communities.  Learn where your nearest stroke-certified hospital is by typing in your address or zip code.  Be prepared — access our new Stroke Web mapping site now.

Research Saves Lives

Heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease remain the No. 1 and most costly killer in the United States, taking the lives of far too many loved ones and friends each year. Medical research is our best defense—leading to new ways to prevent, treat and even cure heart disease and stroke.  However, NIH continues to invest only 4% of its budget on heart research and a mere 1% on stroke research.  These funding levels do not allow scientists to take advantage of promising opportunities that could lead to new treatment and prevention strategies, and even cures.  Furthermore, on March 1, the sequester went into effect, slashing NIH's budget by 5.1 percent.  The Association is committed to getting NIH funding back on track. If you would like to get involved, please visit our Research Saves Lives website to find out how you can join the fight.
CPR dummyThe American Heart Association supported the development of CPR in 1961 by Drs. William Kouwenhoven, James Jude and Guy Knickerbocker.

Continued research funding is essential to ensuring best practices.  
For more on our research, visit my.americanheart.org/research.

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