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Fact Sheets

Background information and at-a-glance summaries of a range of NHLBI programs and research projects.


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Emotional stress and heart disease in women: an interview with Dr. Viola Vaccarino
When it comes to the effects of emotional stress on the heart, young men and women may not be created equal. Understanding the role of emotional factors—in particular psychological stress—on heart disease risk is a professional passion for longtime NHLBI grantee, Dr. Viola Vaccarino, a leader in women’s health research. Read full fact sheet...

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Stories of Success

For more than half a century, the NHLBI has been turning scientific discovery into better health. Through the Institute’s investment in basic and clinical research at universities and medical centers across the nation, its innovative educational programs, and its key role in shaping national and global public health policy, the NHLBI has improved the lives of millions of people affected by once-untreatable heart, lung, and blood diseases. To learn more, read these NHLBI stories of success.


Featured Story of Success

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Reducing the Burden of Sickle Cell Disease
Meeting 26-year old Tiffany McCoy, a bubbly and happy mother, you would never know that she has a serious disease. She is one of about 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease. Read full story of success...

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Last Updated: September 30, 2014