Heart disease, also called cardiovascular or coronary heart disease, kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined. Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association (AHA) strongly believe that learning about heart disease and stroke is the best way to prevent disability and death. That’s why research is of paramount importance, and why the AHA is on a mission to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020.
Take a look at some of the facts:
- Today, the AHA is second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research.
- Since 1949, the AHA has spent more than $3.3 billion on research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
- The AHA currently funds more than 2,100 scientists around the United States.
- Our research programs have contributed to many important scientific advances now used by doctors and surgeons around the world, including the first artificial heart valve, techniques and standards for CPR, implantable pacemakers, treatment for infant respiratory distress syndrome, cholesterol inhibitors, microsurgery and drug-coated stents.
- The AHA has funded the winners of 11 Nobel Prizes.
A decade of Go Red for women
Ten years ago, women only thought of heart disease as a man’s disease. That’s why AHA launched Go Red for Women, which aims to the lives of our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends ourselves. In just one decade:
- 627,000 women’s lives have been saved
- 330 fewer women are dying every day
- 15 percent fewer women smoke cigarettes
- 18 percent of women have seen improved cholesterol levels
- 25 percent more women get the exercise they need
- The Heart for Women Act was passed
None of these accomplishments would’ve been possible without your generous contributions. When we receive financial donations, each of our seven affiliates channels at least 28 cents of every dollar into research. And for each dollar, 13 cents supports the AHA’s National Research Program, and at least 15 cents supports the affiliate research program.
Beyond financial contributions, there are many ways for you to support the cause – like organizing a Wear Red Day event or supporting a Go Red Luncheon. Learn more about ways to give, and help us stop heart disease from taking women’s lives.
For a more comprehensive look at AHA research facts and dollars spent, download our 2012 Research Facts sheet.