SouthWest States Research

By The Numbers:
  • $47.79 million dollars in research is currently funded in the six state area (Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming) of the American Heart Association Southwest States.
  • The American Heart Association (AHA), has launched new research initiatives. Find out more here.
  • The AHA currently funds 229 researchers in 43 institutions in 23 cities across the southwest.
  • More than $597 million in research has been funded in the Southwest States by the AHA since 1951.

More than 2,100 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases each day — nearly one person every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined. On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke

Research is a major weapon in our fight against these diseases.

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.8 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We've funded 13 Nobel prize winners during their careers, helped link dietary fat with cholesterol, funded the creation of the first pacemaker, supported early research for the arterial stent, and many other milestones. We're second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research; however, each year we need more resources to attract and encourage promising scientists to careers in cardiovascular and stroke programs, fund high-quality research projects and originate new programs to meet the needs of the research community.

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