Madison doctor pushes for more funding to help study cardiac diseases, heart health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DC BUREAU) -- A Madison doctor is in Washington, D.C. pushing for more funding to help study cardiac diseases and heart health.

Dr. J. Carter Ralphe is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He testified Tuesday before a House appropriations sub-committee on the importance of funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Specifically, he requested a 6 percent increase in funding for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the fiscal year 2020. The Trump Administration's budget proposes a cut of $4.9 billion to the NIH.

"Cardiac disease remains the number one cause of death for humans, still, despite years and years of research. We've reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease. We understand it better, but it still remains a leading cause of death. There's a lot of work that needs to be done, as is a lot of need for ongoing research," Dr. J. Carter Ralphe said.

Doctor Ralphe says some of the best ways we can stay heart healthy is to include 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise daily, eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and drinking in moderation.