University of Louisville cardiologist Andrew DeFilippis, M.D., M.Sc., is using the $100,000 grant to study archived blood samples from thousands of patients to determine whether the presence of certain lipids in the bloodstream can be used to pinpoint women at risk for having a heart attack. This new test holds great promise for more accurately identifying women at risk for having a heart attack before any permanent heart damage occurs. To test this theory, DeFilippis and his research team in the University of Louisville's Institute of Molecular Cardiology will evaluate blood samples and data collected in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) trial, a multicenter prospective study of cardiovascular disease involving 6,814 men and women in six cities in the United States. Beginning in 2000, blood samples were taken and stored for MESA subjects, and their health was followed for up to a decade. DeFilippis plans to evaluate the blood samples and data to determine whether oxidized phospholipids (OxPL) can be used as a biomarker in predicting heart disease.
2015 - Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System's Heart and Vascular Institute is currently using this $100,000 grant to fund a personalized medicine and education program focused on keeping women's hearts healthy. The comprehensive Women's Heart Health Project bridges the gap between genetic determinants and preventable lifestyle factors linked to heart disease. Components of the project include developing an education program for women that focuses on risk factors and prevention strategies as well as the ability to link clinical and evidence-based initiatives to community programs that promote and sustain healthy lifestyle practices. The project will also recruit 10,000 women to participate in innovative genetic testing that can identify those at risk for cardiovascular disease due to pregnancy complications and family history of early heart attack.
2014 - Memorial Hermann Foundation
Memorial Hermann Foundation received the first $100,000 grant to be awarded to a single organization. This grant allowed the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute - Texas Medical Center to establish the first national registry for cardiologists to identify the risk factors and symptoms of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM).
2013 - Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation and Texas Heart Institute
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Heart to Heart Grant, Alpha Phi Foundation awarded Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation and Texas Heart Institute each with $50,000 to continue advancing women's heart health both in their local communities and the medical field.
Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center used this grant to introduce a new program, "Empowering Women to Save Lives through CPR Training." Funds from this award trained 600 women (girls to adults) in CPR and empowered them to save lives.
The Center for Women's Heart & Vascular Health at Texas Heart Institute is dedicated to outreach and education within the Houston community. The Heart to Heart Grant helped fund their ongoing study, Houston Heart Reach for Women, designed to investigate the roles biology, psychology and lifestyle play in putting a woman at risk for heart disease. This study identified those most at risk and delivered an intervention as well as helped medical professionals better understand the impact of race, lifestyle and emotional well-being on heart health.