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  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Come to DC!

    Last month, eleven You’re the Cure advocates joined 300 volunteers from other participating organizations for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC. Their purpose in coming to Washington was to share their stories with Congress and to urge them to increase medical research funding...
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces Plan to Help Improve Health Equity for Women and Minorities

    A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities, and the elderly in research trials was welcomed today by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called...
  • Blog Post: Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

    We don’t have to think twice about why we support more funding for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research cures for cardiovascular disease and stroke. But unfortunately the funding cuts continue. We routinely tell Congress that NIH research leads to innovation...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

    Federal funding for basic research is an essential step towards achieving medical progress for heart and stroke patients. Over the past decades, we have seen remarkable breakthroughs done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as the development of pacemakers and the discovery of a clot-busting...
  • Blog Post: Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

    Check out American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown's latest Huffington Post blog post about the need to address health disparities in clinical trials. "Turn on your television at any point during the day or night and you will likely run across an ad for a prescription drug, along with a...
  • Blog Post: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Budget Season!

    It’s that time of year again. While we wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom in Washington, D.C., budget discussions are heating up between the White House and Capitol Hill. On March 4 th , the President released his budget proposal for 2015 and now Members of Congress are working to establish...
  • Blog Post: AHA Frustrated by President’s NIH Budget

    American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015: “With a meager 1 percent increase over last year, President Obama’s proposed budget for the National Institutes of Health is utterly...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited!

    Throughout American Heart Month, you've helped raise awareness about heart disease in women by wearing red and speaking up about the risk factors we face. But just how much progress is being made in the fight against our nation's No. 1 killer of women? To answer that question and more, join us...
  • Blog Post: NIH Budget Disappointing, Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2014 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the FY 2014 federal budget legislation: “For months, the American Heart Association has been pressing federal lawmakers to reverse the enormously destructive...
  • Blog Post: AHA Urges Lawmakers to Use Budget Act Funds for NIH Sequester Relief

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: “The American Heart Association is pleased that Congress has put aside its partisanship and...
  • Blog Post: Let's Fix the Damage

    After a rough year for medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is finally good news out of Washington! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government for two years and stop some of the funding cuts made to...
  • Blog Post: AHA Voices Support for Bipartisan Budget Deal

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the budget agreement announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.- Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.): “The proposed Ryan-Murray budget agreement takes a very positive...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Medical Research Story

    With terms like continuing resolutions, sequester and budget cuts, federal funding for medical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be very confusing (check out our latest blog post for more details!). Fortunately, the way to influence lawmakers is simple. As a You’re...
  • Blog Post: What is going on with the Federal budget and medical research?

    Sequester, continuing resolutions, government shutdowns, debt ceiling, and cuts. The federal budget can be very confusing, especially when it pertains to medical research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Below, we tried to explain how we got to this point by answering the questions we hear...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: 'Hearts for Research' Petition Heads to Capitol Hill

    We called and you delivered! Throughout the last month, we asked You’re the Cure advocates to join our ‘Hearts for Research’ photo petition to help us call on Congress for a strong national investment in medical research- and the results have been outstanding! Over 7,200 advocates...
  • Blog Post: Show Congress the Face of Medical Research

    When Congress cuts funding for medical research, as it did in March, we all feel the impact. Many research labs that rely on funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been forced to delay or abandon promising projects and to fire staff. The end result: patients will wait longer for new...
  • Blog Post: Research Without Funding

    A car without an engine, a bicycle without tires... they just don't work. Neither does research without funding. In order to make discoveries that lead to treatments and cures for our nation's most devastating diseases, researchers need test tubes and other equipment, lab staff to conduct research...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Stroke Awareness to the Hill

    Today, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the latest stroke data with congressional staff and to educate them about important research underway to better understand the human brain. Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, professor and chairman of the...
  • Blog Post: Funding Cuts Continue to Threaten Medical Research

    Across-the-board federal budget cuts that took effect in March, known as the sequester, eliminated $1.5 billion or 5% from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. These devastating cuts are already causing the cancellation or delay of promising research projects throughout the country, slowing...
  • Blog Post: Many Hearts, One Voice on Capitol Hill

    Against the backdrop of Washington, DC’s famous cherry blossoms, 300 You’re the Cure advocates joined together in our nation’s capital in April to deliver a strong message to Congress: Invest in our health! Here are just a few of the highlights of You’re the Cure on the Hill 2013...
  • Blog Post: Mixed News in President's Budget Proposal

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 federal budget: “While President Obama’s budget moves in the right direction by restoring the National Institutes of Health funding cut by the sequester, the...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Heads to Capitol Hill

    More than 300 American Heart Association volunteers came to Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to restore federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and to support a Million Hearts campaign to attack the growing problem of high blood pressure – public health enemy No. 2 behind...