Crawley MP Henry Smith has met with British Heart Foundation (BHF) scientists and patients.
The charity funds medical research into heart and circulatory disease, which affects an estimated 10,870 people in Crawley.
Mr Smith said: “Heart disease is a devastating condition that affects people across Crawley and throughout our country.
“With the generous support of the public, charities like the British Heart Foundation are able to fund some of the world’s leading researchers, who work tirelessly to find the next major breakthrough that could help save more lives.”
The Government contributes money towards indirect costs of charity-funded research, such as heating and electricity in laboratories.
BHF medical director Peter Weissberg said: “Any cut to science funding would be extremely damaging to our life saving research and the fight against heart disease.
“Through our research we’ve helped make great progress over the last 50 years to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease by more than 50 per cent and improve the lives of people living with it.
“This year alone our researchers have developed a highly sensitive blood test that could double the detection rate of heart attacks in women. And recently our researchers have improved our understanding of how we may be able to regenerate the heart after a heart attack bringing hope that one day there will be a treatment for severe heart failure.”
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