UNC receives $3.1 million to study alternative strategies to reduce heart disease and stroke

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has received a two-year, $3.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research alternative ways to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has received a two-year, $3.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research alternative ways to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. 

The project will compare the effectiveness of a web-based program to that of a counselor-based program; both will focus on improving diet, physical activity and appropriate use of medication. The study will be based in five family practices in the North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network.

“Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, continues to be the leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Tom Keyserling, M.D., associate professor at the UNC School of Medicine and the principal investigator of the study. “Lifestyle and appropriate use of medication can greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, yet both are underused.”

The project is one of four initiatives at CDC Prevention Research Centers awarded almost $10 million in 2009 Recovery Act funding. The comparative effectiveness research studies examine alternative public health strategies to improve health and/or reduce the risk for chronic disease.

Keyserling said as well as assessing the interventions’ impact on participants’ health, the study will measure outcomes such as cost effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility.

Stacey Sheridan, M.D., assistant professor at the medical school and adjunct assistant professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will co-lead the project.

For more information on the study, go to http://bit.ly/cRkgTs.

CDC announcement: http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100715.htm

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention contact:  Sonya Sutton, (919) 966-4118, ssutton@unc.edu

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