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Why it’s important to know the warning signs and to get help immediately
For years, Teri Ackerson has been working to improve the system of care for Kansas City-area stroke patients. Through her work as the stroke coordinator at Centerpoint Medical Center, and as a volunteer for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Teri has been dedicated to increasing awareness about stroke warning signs and helping implement science-based guidelines for patients experiencing a stroke.
And thank goodness. Because in an unexpected twist of fate last Memorial Day, she needed that system to save her own life. Teri Ackerson's story
In Kansas during the past five years (2008-2012) the American Heart Association funded over $3,17 million in new research - 25 studies at 3 Kansas institutions.
7 studies at Kansas State University, Manhattan - $699,500
3 studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence - $285,772
15 studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City - $2,181,240
In Missouri during the past five years (2008-2012) the American Heart Association funded over $18.5 million in new research - 142 studies at 8 Missouri institutions.
1 study at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City - $29,000
2 studies at Missouri State University, Springfield - $346,500
2 studies at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - $2,517,872
14 studies at St. Louis University - $1,592,852
1 study at Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City - $52,000
24 studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia - $2,893,964
6 studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City - $782,224
1 study at the University of Missouri, St. Louis - $143,000
23 studies at Washington University in St. Louis - $1,829,711
68 studies at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis - $8,344,518
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%.
Applications closed; funding begins July 1.
In 2012 three community action grants were awarded in Missouri: HopeBUILD, St. Louis, "Gardening and Nutritious Youth Program" Mattie Rhodes Center, Kansas City, "Gente Sana (Healthy People)" Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, Kansas City, "K.O.A.C.H. - Keeping Our Adults and Children Healthy"
2012 Grants to Kansas organizations include: Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health, Lawrence Wichita Park and Recreation, Wichita
Dr. Marilyn Rymer, Vice President Neurosciences, The University of Kansas Hospital, has been appointed to the American Heart Association Board of Directors.
Pulse Oximetry screening is now required for all Missouri newborns. Because of the important work of the Missouri legislature and the action taken by Governor Nixon, newborn lives will be saved statewide.