More than 2,150 Americans die from cardiovascular diseases each day — one every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. An American dies from a coronary event about every minute, and someone is stricken by such an event about every 34 seconds. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies from stroke about every four minutes.
- Since 1949, the American Heart Association has invested more than $4 billion in research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- The AHA currently funds more than 2,000 scientists in the United States
- Although AHA funded 980 new research awards worth $163 million in 2015-16, the organization lacked the additional $116 million to cover 766 other highly meritorious proposals.
- Our research programs have contributed to many important scientific advances. Any healthcare provider who has ever provided CPR, pacemakers, drug-eluting stents, clot-busting medicines or cholesterol inhibitors to patients is already benefiting directly from the impact of AHA research funding.
- The AHA has funded 13 Nobel Prize winners.
- At least 28 cents of every publicly donated dollar to AHA’s seven affiliates is channeled into research. For each dollar, 13 cents supports the Association-wide Research Program, and at least 15 cents supports the affiliate research program
Source: Research Facts 2015-2016