Why is Heart Disease Research in Women Critical?

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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 strongly believe that delving into the science behind heart disease and stroke is the best way to save lives. That’s why research is of paramount importance.

Take a look at some of the facts about heart disease research:

  • Today, the AHA is second only to the federal government in funding cardiovascular and stroke research.
  • Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $5 billion in research to increase our knowledge about cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Our research programs have contributed to many important scientific advances used by doctors and surgeons around the world. This includes 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.
  • In 2019, the AHA’s Go Red for Women movement and Verily’s Project Baseline joined forces to launch Research Goes Red.

Your Impact

For decades, heart disease was considered a man’s disease. That’s why the AHA launched Go Red for Women, a global initiative to raise awareness that cardiovascular disease is a woman’s greatest health threat and empower women to take charge of their health.

As a science-based organization, research is the foundation of everything we do. Thanks to our incredible supporters, like you, we continue to fund cutting-edge science to help women live longer, healthier lives.

Beyond financial contributions, there are many ways 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 save more women’s lives.