research is particularly important to Kentucky and
surrounding states because people living in nine states
in the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys have a higher
risk of dying from coronary artery disease than people
in the rest of the United States.
10, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Cardiovascular
disease, which includes high blood pressure, atherosclerosis
and stroke, is the most common cause of death in the
United States. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the number of deaths related
to heart complications continues to rise.
Physicians and researchers at the University of Kentucky
Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute are working to
find ways to prevent and repair cardiovascular disease
"The institute is dedicated to the mission of
providing excellent cardiovascular care, educating
cardiovascular professionals, and advancing knowledge
of cardiovascular disease for the purpose of identification,
treatment and prevention," said Alan Daugherty,
Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and physiology
and associate chair of medicine, UK College of Medicine.
Cardiovascular research is particularly important
to Kentucky and surrounding states because people
living in nine states in the Mississippi and Ohio
River valleys have a higher risk of dying from coronary
artery disease than people in the rest of the United
Active areas of cardiovascular research at the UK
Chandler Medical Center include atherosclerosis (narrowing
and hardening of the arteries), clinical trials of
treatments for heart failure, and studies of devices
for treating heart arrhythmias.
In support of regional research in cardiovascular
disease and physiology, the UK Gill Heart Institute
is hosting the fifth annual Cardiovascular Research
Day on Nov. 1, 2002, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in
downtown Lexington. All faculty, fellows, graduate
students and affiliated staff with interests in cardiovascular
research are invited to present posters. Prizes of
$750 and $250 will be given for the best poster presentations
in the Staff, Fellow and Student categories. Deadline
for abstract submission is Oct. 18.
Special events will include a lecture at 4:45 p.m.
by the recipient of the 2002 Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Cardiovascular Research, Eric J.
Topol, M.D., provost and chief academic officer, Cleveland
Clinic Heart Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
and professor of medicine, Cleveland Clinic Health
Sciences Center, Ohio State University School of Medicine.
For more information, call (859) 323-3996.