Just last year, Rob Shipley was enjoying a game of basketball with his son, when he started feeling light-headed, short of breath and went to sit down. This was unusual for Rob as he was an active 40-year-old that enjoyed biking, running and taking spin class at 5:30 every morning, even during spring break!
“Something just wasn’t right that day,” explains Rob. “I got up to enter the house, reached for the screen door and immediately passed out.”
Tests indicated that Rob's aortic valve was nearly non-functioning (very little blood flow through the valve).
He knows heart disease runs in his family and therefore he is more susceptible, but he had no other risk factors for heart disease.
“So if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. Know the risk factors AND warning signs for heart disease and stroke. You never know when and if it’s going to hit you or someone you love, so you might as well be prepared. AND, while you’re at it, learn CPR…..you could be saving the life of someone you love!” more about Rob
In Kansas during the past five years (2009-2013) the American Heart Association funded over $2.74 million in new research - 22 studies at 3 Kansas institutions.
6 studies at Kansas State University, Manhattan - $628,000
2 studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence - $142,772
14 studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City - $1,975,820
In Missouri during the past five years (2009-2013) the American Heart Association funded over $14.8 million in new research - 135 studies at 9 Missouri institutions.
2 studies at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City - $178,644
1 study at Missouri State University, Springfield - $214,500
1 study at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - $143,000
13 studies at St. Louis University - $1,092,852
2 studies at Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City - $104,000
26 studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia - $3,073,136
6 studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City - $782,224
22 studies at Washington University in St. Louis - $1,482,483
62 studies at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis - $7,826,450
Nationwide, we invest almost $128.5 million a year ($3.5 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%.
Formerly known as the Community Action Grants
Applications were due February 13, 2014. New awardees will be announced in June.
2013 Grants to Kansas organizations include:
Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health, Lawrence
2013 Grants to Missouri organizations include: Grace Hill Health Center, St. Louis SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, Cape Girardeau