Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death. Each year, 795,000 people experience a stroke and there are around 7 million adult stroke survivors nationwide.
We truly appreciate the action Congress has already taken this year to help stroke survivors.
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Of particular interest are the 21st Century Cures Act, which establishes a new tracking system for neurological diseases, and funding for the National Institutes of Health. These efforts to foster medical research into the brain are crucial to finding new ways to combat stroke. For these reasons, I support the 21st Century Cures Act, as well as increased NIH funding and ask you to do the same.
Furthermore, the FAST Act (S. 1465/H.R. 2799), spearheaded by two stroke survivors in Congress, is important legislation that would help speed up the time it takes to diagnose and treat patients experiencing a stroke. I urge you to show you support of stroke survivors around the country by co-sponsoring this bipartisan bill.
Thank you again for Congress’s support for the stroke community thus far, and please continue to help stroke survivors get the treatment and care they need.