In North Dakota during the past five years (2008-2012) the American Heart Association funded $335,000 in new research:
2 new research studies at ND State University, Fargo at a cost of $195,000
1 new research study at UND, Grand Forks at a cost of $140,000
Nationwide, we invest almost $130 million a year ($3.4 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%. In 2011-2012 three Community Action Grants were made in North Dakota:
Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, "SchoolsAlive!" Go! Bismark Mandan, Bismark, "Bismark-Mandan Block Parties" Mercy Hospital, Young People Health Heart Program, Valley City, "On The Move to Better Heart Health"
Roxy Burnside, Fargo, had a heart attack at the Holiday of Lights Parade last year. Luckily bystanders knew CPR and use of an AED. Read more in Public News Service, Nov. 25, 2013.
Sanford Health in Bismarck received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline Recognition Award for care provided for STEMI patients, July 2013. ND Legislature designates funds for CPR training in schools, providing $450,000 toward CPR in Schools training plus a formula for school-match through work with area groups such as EMS/fire.