WSSU Receives $351,000 Heart Disease Research Grant

A Winston-Salem State University research team will use a mobile app as one of the tools in a three-year $351,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the risk factors of Cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African-American college students.

Funded by the NIH – National Center on Minority Health and Disparities, the project will study the manifestation of CVD risk factors among African-American college-age students, using WSSU students and faculty to conduct an intervention promoting healthy behaviors through the use of a mobile phone app created especially for this study in addition to other educational strategies. One hundred students will participate and 20 undergraduate students will be mentored by key study personnel.

CVD is a significant public health problem and is the leading cause of death in the United States. People of all ages and backgrounds can get the condition and one in three deaths (approximately 800,000) are reported each year across the nation. Annual direct and overall costs resulting from CVD are estimated at $273 billion and $444 billion, according to studies. Strategies that address leading CVD risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and smoking, can greatly reduce the burden of CVD, which is the rationale for this study.

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