Our oldest son, Cameron, had a heart defect repaired at 2-weeks-old when doctors switched his arteries with a procedure they consider far more complicated than a heart transplant.
A few years later we were told by our pediatrician that Kylie, our daughter, had had a stroke in utero.
Kylie’s story deals with something much less known, less researched and rarely even heard of by the average person. Different than the surgical repair and recovery Cameron endured, Kylie’s recovery and development will be a life-long journey.
It is our hope that continued research will lead to new ways to diagnose and treat stroke in utero – preventing stroke from adversely affecting children like Kylie.
In Missouri during the past five years (2007-2011) the American Heart Association funded over $20.1 million in new research - 149 studies at 8 Missouri institutions.
1 study at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City - $29,000
2 studies at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City - $2,517,872
19 studies at St. Louis University - $2,186,852
29 studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia - $3,477,740
6 studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City - $1,118,224
1 study at the University of Missouri, St. Louis - $143,000
24 studies at Washington University in St. Louis - $2,384,711
67 studies at Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis - $8,263,550
In Kansas during the past five years (2007-2011) the American Heart Association funded over $4.39 million in new research - 35 studies at 3 Kansas institutions.
8 studies at Kansas State University, Manhattan - $981,498
8 studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence - $907,772
19 studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City - $2,501,016
Nationwide, we invest almost $123 million a year ($3.3 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%.