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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thumlay, March 1, 1973 THE LETKBRIDGE HKAID g SNAKE VENOM AND SPACE SCIENCE Secrets of heart disease NEW YORK (NEA) Sci- enlists are stalking the most wanted killers in the United States. They are heart and circu- latory diseases, which affect more than 27 million North Americans and kill more than a million a year. About die annualy in this country and Canada from heart attacks, before they ever reach the hospital. More than die of stroke. The work of hundreds of scientists is promising a healthier tomorrow (or all of us particulary those who suffer from heart and blood- vessel diseases. Research Two Los Angeles scien- tists coax frwn deadly rattle- snake venom an elusive chemical that ellectively prevents blood clots clots which can trigger both heart attack and stroke. Japanese scientist working in a Canadian hos- pital uses electronic equip- ment to spot certain types of stroke in a fraction of a sec- ond. Experiments with ani- mals in Dallas indicate tliaf the same principle that pro- pels a rocket into space may soon be used to help ailing hearts recover. A new type of blood test, developed by a team of Philadelphia researchers, predicts a patient's chances of recovery following a heart attack. The artificial muscle a Brooklyn' surgeon has devel- oped may pave the way to a long-sought version of a me- chanical heart. These are but a few of the examples which demon- strate how money invested in heart research pays divi- dends in the battle against heart disease. Some mil. lion will be provided in 1973 by the American Heart Assn. Improved Nearly scientists aided by support from the AHA are working to break down barriers to a full under- standing of cardiovascular diseases. During the past two dec- ades the AHA-supported re- search has been instrumental in developing improved meth- ods for the prevention, diag- nosis, medical and surgical treatment of heart disease. "American says former AI1A president Dr. Willis Hurst, "is dedicated to cardiovascular research and the capability of moving into promising areas quickly when funds aren't available from other sources." Government research sup- port, he says, can shift em- phasis from year to year. In- dustrial research must relate to product and marketing trends. And while some pri- vate foundations support stud- ies in heart and blood vessel diseases, their continuing contributions to the cardio- vascular fields aren't automa- tically generated. According to AHA presi- dent Dr. Paul N. Yu, chief cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Centre, more than million has been channeled into research since the first Heart Fund campaign in 1949. Each year more than half of all the money collected at the na- tional level is earmarked for research. Local Heart Asso- ciations channel an average of 25 per cent of their funds into research. Unique THE HAND OF LOVE Citizen Advocacy, an exciting new atfventure (n friendship, promises 1o open up new honzani for many of Canada's mentally relaj-ded, still ihe victims of oiJ-oge prejudices and segregation. In Weekend Magazine Inis Saturday, Bill Trent tells about the people who are holding oul ihe hand of love and giving human warmth 1o retard ees and other handicapped persons. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERAID WEEKEND MAGAZINE "Unique research concepts, pioneered by AHA have been the Career Invest! gatorship program through which gitt- ed scientists receive lifetime support to carry out inde- pendent studies. And our Es- tablished Investigators pro- gram gives priority funding to talented young investiga- tors in their early years de- voted to cardiovascular re- Dr, Yu says. Research, basic and ap- plied, lakes a long time be- fore results materialize. It takes money. And it takes faith to explore uncharted areas. "The Heart Association's ability to identify and support young investigators is possi- ble because we're a grass- roots- organization. Much of what we do starts at the local level. Everything we accom. plish eventually benefits peo- ple in every Dr. Hurst says. Causes The need for research is ob- vious. Many of the underlying causes and the processes by which disease develops are still slurouded in mystery. And in spite of advances, heart and blood vessel dis- eases remain the ration's biggest killer. Consider some stalislics: More than ?7 million Americans are afflicted by heart and circulatory dis- eases. High blood pressure af- fects more than 21' million Americans. Countless thous- ands die from heart attack and stroke for which high blood pressure is a major contributing factor. More than 4 million suf- fer from coronary heart dis- ease; and another mil- lion from rheumatic heart dis- ease. What is the cost of these diseases? An estimated 519.5 billion will be lost this year in income and in payments for medical care. Some 52 million man-days of produc- tion are wasted. And there are hidden costs; losses in management skill and know- how of thousands of workers, time and money in personnel training and development wasted if these individuals .are sidelined by disability or death. Improving Health care has been im- proving. But not fast enough to keep pace with growing demand. The nation's bur- geoning population has brought about changes in health care needs. The surge to the suburbs, overcrowd- ing in the inner-cities and in- creased longevity, have had a similar impact. Additional burdens have been placed on existing treatment facilities by government health care programs. Research ad- vances have added new tech- niques. "We Dr. Hurst says, "maintain a balance in the conquest of cardiovascu- lar diseases. The need for new knowledge, and the abil- ity to pass that knowledge on and put it to work, is never- ending." What Is The Good Of A Good Thing If No One Knows About It? Advertise Your Good Things In The Lethbridge Herald PHONE 328-4411 DISPLAY ADVERTISING DEPT. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEPT. To our neighbours: Today is our 3rd anniversary to hon- bur the occasion, we are holding open house on Saturday, March 3rd between the hours of a.m. and p.m. The plant will be open so you can see the modern methods used in the production of southern Alberta's finest Mobile Homes. We will also have our latest models on display for your inspection, which will be shown to you by your local Lethbridge area authoriz- ed dealer. UNITED MOBILE HOMES SHOWING THE 'TUXEDO MANOR MODEL1 AND PARK MANOR MODEL M K TRAILER SALES SHOWING 'TED'S HOME MODELS' Drop in with your friends and family and join us for coffee and donuts on Saturday, March 3rd between a.m. and p.m. Northwest Design Fabrication Ltd. HANGER NO. 5 FORT MACLEOD INDUSTRIAL PARK FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA ;