With Congress passing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Oct. 30, the American Heart Association (AHA) hopes more resources will be put toward heart health awareness, research and development.
“With $80 billion in new resources, Congress now has the opportunity to make a significant investment in our nation’s heart health – one that is long overdue," American Heart Association President Mark Creager, M.D., said. "The American Heart Association strongly urges lawmakers to use these federal funds to provide a sorely needed boost to the budgets of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Creager also said those agencies were "core to our association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and helps drive innovative research that can lead to advanced treatments and even a cure."
"If the NIH receives this vital support, we encourage the agency to dedicate additional funding to heart and stroke research. More research would greatly benefit the one in three American adults who are already suffering from cardiovascular disease – our nation’s No. 1 and most costly killer – and have a positive impact on the health of future generations," Creager said.
AHA president: Congress should put more resources toward nation's heart health
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