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There was an unforgettable sunrise on the day Madelyn Marie entered the world in September 2012. Her Mom and Dad were overjoyed to welcome a little girl into the world to join big brother Alex at home. Labor and delivery were uncomplicated. Maddie was a big baby, and at 9 lbs 11 oz, and the nursing staff informed us they would monitor her blood sugar closely, as bigger babies’ blood sugar levels can get too low.
We thought this was our biggest concern, until about two hours after her birth. While in the nursery, it became apparent that Maddie was having difficulty maintaining the normal oxygen level, and her oxygen level continued to worsen. Soon after this the pediatrician came into Maddie's mom’s room, along with several nurses, and pulled a chair up next to the bed. Her Dad had already left to get big brother Alex to meet his new sister. The only thing her Mom recalls is the doctor saying “This condition is serious and Maddie needs to be airlifted to Iowa City.” Maddie was sent to the University of Iowa Hospitals without delay. Upon arrival at the NICU there, the amazing doctors and nurses quickly diagnosed her with Transposition of the Great Arteries and almost immediately began work on setting up her treatment plan. Maddie went on to have her first open heart surgery at 3 days old. She had a second surgery almost two weeks later to correct a narrowed artery from the first surgery. She spent 34 long days at the University of Iowa Hospital.
Since then she had some set backs, including airway issues that were undiscovered until post surgery which resulted in an extended intubation period for her, but in the end she left the hospital with a repaired heart and ecstatic mom and dad. Today she is a bubbly, vivacious three-year old, and a joyous blessing in the lives of all who are lucky enough to meet her!
We funded 83 new research studies in the past 5 years (2010-2014) at three Iowa universities at a cost of more than $9.4 million:
Coe College, Cedar Rapids
Iowa State University, Ames
University of Iowa, Iowa City at a cost of more than $7.56 million.
Nationwide, we invest almost $145 million a year ($3.7 billion since 1949) in heart and stroke research that has led to recent breakthroughs such as clot-busting drugs and drug-eluting stents. Healthcare providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though our journals, conferences and online courses.
The American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate funds projects that help us achieve our Impact Goal:To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% by the year 2020, and to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20%.
Midwest Affiliate Community Innovation Grants awarded July 2015
Affinia Healthcare (formerly Grace Hill Health Center, Inc.), St. Louis MO Reducing Cardiovascular Disease in the Underserved Communities of St. Louis City
Compassionate Care Network, Chicago IL Spotlight on Heart Health
EverThrive Illinois, Chicago IL Cooking Matters in Englewood
Family Wellness, LLC, Fargo ND School-Based Collaborative Healthy Cooking Lessons
Fridley High School, Fridley MN Fridley High School EMS Start Up
Gospel Run, Chicago IL Gospel Run-Inspired Communities Project
Greater St. Mark Church of God in Christ, East St. Louis IL Greater St. Mark Church of God in Christ Community Garden
Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc., Indianapolis IN Heart Disease and Older Adults
Holy Family Memorial, Inc., Manitowoc WI Why Weight
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter, Inc., Indianapolis IN Change of Heart
North Shore Fire Department, Brown Deer WI Take 10 and Save a Life
Northend Ministerial Association, Grand Rapids MI Northend Wellness Coalition
Ozarks Resource Group DBA: Ozarks Community Health Center, Heritage MO Diabetes and Hypertension Coaching
Parkview Foundation Inc. /Parkview Heart Institute, Fort Wayne IN Getting Your Heart Healthy Diet with Minimal Resources Partners in Community Building, Inc., Chicago IL Pearly Peas
Presence Hospitals PRV DBA: Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana IL PCMC Community Awareness of Stroke Project Healthy Schools/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI Project Healthy Schools & YMCA Partnership
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL Project for a Healthy Heart
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center Inc., Kansas City MO Group Medical Appointments
St. Luke Memorial Church of God in Christ, Kansas City MO Heart2Heart: Partnering To Build a Healthy Heart
Windom Area Hospital, Windom MN Life’s Simple Seven Educational Series
YMCA of Rapid City, Rapid City SD Parkinson’s Wellness Class
A $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust will expand our statewide, collaborative Mission: Lifeline efforts into rural Iowa. STEMI patient outcomes will be improved with coordination between EMS and hospitals.