Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in California for both men and women.

Read more below about how stem cell research is helping in the fight against heart disease.


  • On average, every 37 seconds in the U.S., one person dies from heart disease, accounting for about 647,000 American deaths per year.
  • In 2015, heart disease made up roughly 16% of all annual healthcare costs in California, with more than $37 billion spent annually, including the cost of healthcare services, medicine and lost productivity due to death.
  • Heart disease is often a comorbidity of other health problems and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and obesity.
  • Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect the heart including blood vessel disease, coronary artery disease, heart rhythm issues, and congenital heart defects.

How Stem Cells Can be Used to Treat Heart Disease

  • Stem cells can replace damaged cardiac cells.
  • Stem cells could also produce factors that reduce the inflammation associated with heart disease.
  • Alternatively, stem cells could be used to generate a new heart (whole organ) for transplantation.  

CIRM’s Progress: Selected Research Highlights

Heart Disease Organizations Endorsing YES on Prop 14

California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

To see the full list of over 80 patient advocate organizations that endorse YES on Prop 14, please click here.