Lagging drug innovation, variations in quality of care and rising health care costs remain major barriers in fight against cardiovascular disease

January 24, 2019

DALLAS, January 24, 2019 — Despite unprecedented progress in reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke over the past 50 years, cardiovascular disease still takes the lives of more than 17.3 million people every year and remains the leading cause of death worldwide. In searching for new ways to address this challenge, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, and Duke University’s Robert J. Margolis, M.D., Center for Health Policy are embarking on an initiative to accelerate increased access to high value and affordable cardiovascular care.