After a few years of budget increases, it is shocking to hear that National Institutes of Health (NIH) research might be in real trouble.
Just last week, the Trump Administration proposed severe cuts to the NIH budget. I don’t have to tell you how devastating any decrease in funding would be in finding treatments and cures for cardiovascular disease.
Thank goodness Congress has a say in this matter and our message is simple. Increase NIH funding, not cut it. Will you take a moment and tell them today?
These potential cuts could not come at a worst time either. Last month, the American Heart Association released a report about the future burden of CVD, and the results were sobering:
- By 2035 almost HALF of the US population will have cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. That will be nearly HALF of the U.S. population!
- CVD costs are projected to soar to over $1 trillion annually!
More heart and stroke research is our best hope at preventing more Americans from suffering the burden of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our elected officials need to support more heart and stroke research, not less.