About our Research Program

Updated:Oct 23,2015

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.

Research Facts

  • A comparison of the most recent information available demonstrates that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association compares favorably with other health organizations.
  • Since 1949, the American Heart Association has invested more than $3.8 billion in research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • The AHA currently funds more than 2,000 scientists around the United States.
  • Although we funded 926 new research awards in 2014-15, we didn’t have the additional $189.6 million to cover 1,121 other highly meritorious grant and fellowship applications. 
  • Our research programs have contributed to many important scientific advances, including the first artificial heart valve, techniques and standards for CPR, implantable pacemakers, treatment for infant respiratory distress syndrome, cholesterol inhibitors, microsurgery and drug-coated stents.
  • The AHA has funded the winners of 13 Nobel Prizes.
  • At least 28 cents of every publicly donated dollar to our seven affiliates is channeled into research. For each dollar, 13 cents supports the association’s National Research Program, and at least 15 cents supports the affiliate research program.
Source:  Research Facts 2014-2015

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2014-2015 Research Facts (PDF)
2014-2015 Pediatric Research Facts (PDF)


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