Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

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Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

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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, jobs, and life-saving medical breakthroughs. But right now they need to hear the personal reasons why research is important from advocates like you!

Tell us, WHY do you support medical research?

For me, I support the NIH because of advocates like Ryley. In 2013, Ryley, just a teenager, unexpectedly suffered from multiple strokes that affected five different areas of his brain. Since then, he has had to endure thousands of hours of physical therapy and testing to relearn to walk, talk, and function like his normal self. But despite the large obstacles he has faced, he has had the opportunity to share his story and help others like him.

Ryley has made tremendous progress in the face of such large obstacles, but doctors still have much to learn about his condition. With more available funding, NIH has the opportunity to find real cures for cardiovascular diseases, giving hope to families like Ryley’s who depend on research to provide clarity and answers.

For me, individuals like Ryley are why.

What about you? Tell Congress today why you support medical research!

Finding a cure doesn’t happen overnight; however, each step takes countless hours of research and manpower, trial and error, and hope and frustration. But each step is an opportunity to bring a new chance at life to families across the country. It’s why the work NIH does is so vital, and it’s why the work we do to protect NIH’s funding is so critical.

Ryley is why. A cure is why. Life is why. Show your support for NIH and tell us: what’s your why?


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  • My husband's family has a serious heart history...please support research to ensure my kids will have long healthy lives!

  • Both my husband's family and my family have serious heart conditions, your support for additional research will help my children live longer healthier lives.  Please support NIH research!!

  • The USA is plagued by heart disease and stroke, as manifestations of smoking, diet, obesity, and genetics.

    To educate and prevent are the GOALS of the American Heart Association and our NIH colleagues in science.

    PLEASE support research - it will save money, and hearts, and brains!

  • Three of my grandparents have passed away either from stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.  Unfortunately, heart disease was passed down to my father who had three heart attacks and to my mother who has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure.  From my mother's side of the family, we have lost my 49 year-old cousin to a heart attack, and just last Friday my uncle suffered a heart attack. Due to lifesaving research, my uncle had a stent placed in one of his arteries that was 95% blocked and his life was spared.  My brother and I have inherited those "bad" family genes, as well.  I am asking you to support this lifesaving research so my children, grandchildren and extended family will be able to live long, healthy lives!

  • My father was a member of Harvard Medical School class of 1950. He died of a heart attack at age 56. At the time he was the anesthesiologist on a team doing research in bypass surgery and they were practicing on pigs and dogs. My son-in-law will graduate from Harvard with a combined MD/PhD. During this over 60 year period, Harvard Medical School teaches little, if any, about how nutrition affects health and development. All medical schools, I believe, spend too much time on diagnosing and fixing and nowhere near the time they should on prevention, nutrition and other 'lifestyle' factors that lead to the main killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

  • I had a heart attack and stroke exactly 20 years ago and I'm still taking the same pills today as I took 20 years ago, except Lipitor has since been added.  I'm glad to be alive, but it seems more progress should have been made by now.  I've had new stents in 2001, 2005, and again in 2013.  Better therapy may have avoided all that trauma.  SDD

  • Thank you everyone for commenting and sharing your story! Each one is very powerful! Also, do not forget to follow the links above and tell Congress what your "Why" is for supporting medical research!

  • AS a survivor, and the son of a victim at age 42, I know all too well what it means to stamp out this dreaded disease in our lifetimes.  We need more and better education hat tells people not only what to do and when, but why they should to it and what it will mean to them and their families.  Our health and that of our loved ones is the single most important thing to all of us, and only trumping our will to be free like we are in the US.  

    WE have shown that we can make great strides against this disease, and we can do it quickly with the right tools and background.  I think our best bet is to invest in technologies and lifestyle formats that are proven over time to succeed.  This way we can all benefit from the work done, and gain an even greater understanding of what our success against this killer will mean to generations to come.

  • Research is the only way to find solutions to problems and help identify cures for illnesses.  Inaction is deadly

  • My husband died of a heart attack in 1998. He is missed every day. I don't want my children to have to go through the same thing with me.

  • I had a heart attack caused by Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) 20 years ago. There was very, very little information available. Today there is a Research at the Mayo Clinic and Social Media is finding more and more survivors everyday. It's very important to me to get funding for this research, since once believed to be a very rare heart condition is turning out to just be under diagnosed, many lives have been affected by SCAD and this Research is finding the answers we are hoping for. I believe this information will save many lives in the future. Thank you and Bless Your Heart!

  • We cannot thank you enough for sharing your stories with us! Each one is very powerful and our elected officials need to hear them!

  • I agree, we need more research for these diseases. Without research, we will never find a cure. Thank you AHA/ASA for all of your suooort.

  • Because research helps many who would otherwise not be helped.

  • We need congress support  for cure, without research we are at a stay still. This wiil effect the general public in a negative way. Thank you AHA/ASA for your support!