Shreveport 21st in Hearts Deaths
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Grant recipients Research grants were presented in Shreveport Wednesday at a Northwest Heart Board meeting by Dr. Alfredo Lopez, right, head of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Heart Association. Among those receiving the grants were: David S. Knight, left, and John W.Dailey, second from left, research investigators at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, and Selvestion Jimes, second from right, research investigator at LSU in Shreveport department of biological sciences. (Times photo by Lee Shively) Shreveport 21st in hearts deaths Out of 300 metropolitan areas nationwide, Shreveport-Bossier ranks 21st in deaths from heart disease, and that's reason for concern and action, the head of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Heart Association said here Wednes-day. Dr. Alfredo Lopez of New Orleans, in a Down-town lions Club address, said the average in-cidence of heart disease in Louisiana is above the national average, which is SO percent. "If it doesn't change, half of us here will die from heart disease," Lopez said. "Louisiana is paying a high price. There are things we can do to diminish this. There is a ray of hope." Lopez told the Lions that the Heart Association is working for change through financing research, teaching individuals cardio-pulmonary resuscita-tion and helping them to better understand and combat the three main causes of heart disease. Money raised by the Heart Association will fund $47,600 in research and fellowship grants at LSU Medical Center and LSUS, Lopez said. Forty applications for funding were received for various research programs and 22 awards made, he said. Seven of them are for Shreveport. "That is something this community should be proud of, as we are much involved in knowing more about heart disease," Lopez said. Prevention too is one of the big aims of the Heart Association, he said. "How do you prevent a disease that costs about $19 billion a year?. How do we prevent that impact on society?" Lopez said. The three major risk factors in heart disease are high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol levels, he said. Lopez said the thing to remember is "anything in excess can be potentialr ly harmful; moderation is the key thing." Research grant presentations were made at a Northwest Heart Board meeting Wednesday after-noon. At LSU School of Medicine, the research investigators are David S. Knight, Ph.D., depart-ment of anatomy; Michael S. Rohr, Ph.D., M.D., department of surgery; John W. Dailey, Ph.D., department of pharmacology and therapeutics; and Thomas C. Welbourne, Ph.D., department of physiology and biophysics. Two medical students received educational re-search grants. They are Ken R. Ellzey and J.W. Wilson, both of the biochemistry and molecular biology departments. Two LSUS research investigators receiving grants are Selvestion Jimes, Ph.D., department of biological science, and Ronald A. Martin, Ph.D., department of chemistry.
|Title||Shreveport 21st in Hearts Deaths|
American Heart Association, Louisiana
Knight, David S.
Dailey, John W.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
|Notes||photo of Alfredo Lopez, David S. Knight, John W. Dailey and Selvestion Jimes|
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|Source||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library (http://lib.sh.lsuhsc.edu)|
|Coverage-Spatial||Shreveport (Caddo, La.)|
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