Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) such as heart disease, heart failure, and stroke remain the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. CVD affect Delawareans at a rate significantly above the national average. According to the American Heart Association (1), Delaware is not even in the top half (i.e., better half) of states for coronary heart disease (CHD) age-adjusted death rates. More  troubling is that Delaware ranks 39th of 50 states in CHD mortality for women. Hypertension rates are similarly worse than the national averages. CVD such as CHD are largely preventable, and is related to risk factors prevalent in the state and region such as poor diet, obesity, physical inactivity, and other modifiable behaviors.

The American Heart Association recently defined ideal cardiovascular health as the absence of clinically manifest CVD as described above, along with optimal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, body weight, physical activity, as well as a healthy diet and  ot smoking (1). We seek to establish a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Health that can interface with the larger regional clinical and research mission and positively impact the cardiovascular health of our regional populations. This center will foster the research development of junior faculty in the area of cardiovascular health encompassing CVD as well as the aforementioned metrics of cardiovascular health.

1. Go, A.S., et al., Heart disease and stroke statistics–2014 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 2014. 129(3): p. e28-e292.

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