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Get Heart Healthy this Valentine’s Day

Every year since 1964, the month of February has been designated as American Heart Month—and for good reason. The heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood and beats around 115,000 times every day. This Valentine’s Day, the heart is on our minds more than ever.

To encourage people to take steps toward a healthy heart and prevent heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) is dedicated to breaking down siloes in cardiovascular research and making datasets available to more scientists than ever. Their Precision Medicine Platform, powered by AWS, does exactly that.

Last month, the AHA and AWS announced the second round of grant opportunities for clinical and population researchers, data scientists and computational biologists who are focused on personalized approaches to treating and preventing heart disease and stroke through precision medicine. The two-year competitive grants collectively total $2.2 million and are focused on unlocking data and using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Along with funding, these grant recipients receive credits to leverage the compute power and storage capabilities of the Precision Medicine Platform. Read more about the data grants available to scientists around the world here.

“The collaboration between the American Heart Association and Amazon Web Services unites the global research community to accelerate discovery in cardiovascular and brain health and usher in a new era of tailored prevention and treatment that will help patients and lessen the global burden of cardiovascular disease,” said Jennifer Hall, Ph.D, Chief of the AHA Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine. “We are excited by the possibilities from the awardees’ work as research and technology come together to deliver new insights.”

Innovations in cardiovascular research will help physicians and researchers improve the prediction, treatment and prevention of heart disease and stroke for individuals around the globe.

Watch this video of Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association, speak at the World Economic Forum about what the AHA is doing to advance precision medicine with AWS.


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