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.