It was noon when Sydney Priest came home after a full morning class. She was not only a med student but also her class president at A.T. Still University—Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Not long after eating lunch she began to feel ill. She was dizzy and started throwing up. Sydney thought she would be okay, but in a short amount of time she lost her arm strength and could no longer enter in the password to unlock her iPhone. It was then that Sydney knew she was in real danger.
“I was home alone and I always lock the door to the house, but for some reason, on this particular day I didn’t. Therefore, my friends were able to come in, find me, and call 911,” Sydney remembers. Sydney didn’t know she was suffering a stroke at the time. In fact, she was studying to be a pediatric cardiologist and the lecture on stroke was scheduled to take place two days after her life-changing event.
Sydney was life-flighted to a hospital 90 miles from her college. Later, she underwent extensive rehab for 6 months, to re-learn to walk, talk, and eat.
The cause of Sydney’s stroke is still not determined. Today, Sydney has made a complete recovery and recently headed back to school. Not only is she walking, but she’s running and completed a 2-mile race in October. Because of her stroke, Sydney now dreams of going into rehab medicine.
In Kansas during the past five years (2010-2014) the American Heart Association funded over $2.6 million in new research - 21 studies at 3 Kansas institutions.
6 studies at Kansas State University, Manhattan - $793,000
2 studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence - $147,224
13 studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City - $1,667,820
In Missouri during the past five years (2010-2014) the American Heart Association funded over $15.86 million in new research - 136 studies at 9 Missouri institutions.
1 study at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City - $149,644
1 study at Missouri State University, Springfield - $214,500
1 study at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - $143,000
15 studies at St. Louis University - $1,460,652
2 studies at Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City - $104,000
27 studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia - $3,623,112
6 studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City - $702,224
22 studies at Washington University in St. Louis - $1,434,483
61 studies at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis - $8,033,165
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
EverThriveIllinois, 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