The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood disorders and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women, despite a 71 percent decrease in death rates since the NHLBI began making long-term investments in biomedical research more than 60 years ago. The Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS) supports research to advance understanding of and interventions for promoting heart and vascular health across the lifespan. It also supports research aimed at preventing and treating pediatric and adult cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and congenital heart disease.
In addition, the Division supports the development of innovative technologies to diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disease, and it offers research training and career development for current and aspiring investigators in cardiovascular sciences to foster the next generation of research discoveries.
DCVS has a rich history of supporting robust and ambitious extramural research across the United States and around the world. Research priorities are divided into seven branches that fall under three major programs.