Research funding fails to match burden of heart disease, study finds

01/30/2014 | MedPage Today (free registration)

More public funding goes to cardiovascular research than to other fatal diseases, according to the NIH, but the amount falls short when weighed against the burden of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cardiology. Cardiovascular disease research receives less funding per hospitalization and per death than breast cancer research, the study found. "Regrettably, we -- as members of the medical community -- have failed to articulate the need for public funding into the basic causes of cardiovascular disease and the clinical trials needed to understand how best to treat and prevent it," the study's lead author said.

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