Brain scans. Clot busting drugs. Innovative therapies. These are just a few of the medical breakthroughs that help stroke survivors every day. Our scientists have discovered new treatments for stroke in pursuit of a cure, and as a result, people across America are not just benefiting, they are living, because of these advancements.
Thanks to medical research from institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stroke has dropped from the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States to the fifth. Yet stagnant federal funding for NIH threatens the progress we’ve already made. It’s time lawmakers understood how crucial stroke research is to the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Each year, 795,000 Americans suffer from a stroke, and the number of Americans living with stroke is expected to grow to 3.4 million by 2030. With numbers like these, it’s hard to believe that only 1 percent of the NIH budget is dedicated to stroke research. And every year, Congress has flat-funded NIH funding, making it increasingly difficult for stroke researchers to devote resources to finding a cure.
But with your help, we have the potential to reverse this trend and make medical history once again. Let legislators know medical research should be a priority for them by showing them it’s a priority for you. Write to your members of Congress today, and ask them to support increased federal funding for stroke research.