You Can Help Save Lives!

80% of the funds raised from the Stop Heart Disease license plate are legislatively mandated to support heart disease research, education and prevention programs throughout Florida. $25 from registration fees of every plate sold and renewed will go to the Florida Heart Research Foundation where it will be used for heart disease:

Objective of the Plate:

  • To raise funds for heart disease research, education and prevention programs in Florida.
  • To increase awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in our state.
  • To educate Floridians that heart disease can be prevented, stopped, and even reversed if corrective steps are taken. 

Thank you to all Stop Heart Disease plate supporters!
The funds raised were well spent on the following projects:

THE 2016 RESEARCH RECIPIENTS/PROJECTS ARE:

  • Dr. Nanette Bishopric will investigate molecular changes seen in cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement/thickening of the heart), looking into the signal that leads to this abnormal thickening and ways to inhibit that kind of heart condition.
  • Dr. Chunming Dong will study the molecular mechanisms by which cocaine effects the cardiovascular system, thereby laying the groundwork for targeting interventions. Cocaine use increases both heart rate and blood pressure, while it constricts the arteries supplying blood to the heart, decreasing oxygen supply. This often causes a heart attack even in healthy people. Cocaine accounts for almost one-third of emergency room visits for drug abuse.
  • Dr. Robert Myerburg plans to study family members of patients who have Long-QT syndrome to identify the genetic mutation that underlies this condition.  The Long-QT syndrome is a defect of the heart's electrical activity that may cause dangerous, fast and chaotic heartbeats (arrhythmias) that can result in sudden death.
  • Dr. Lina Shehadeh will look into the cellular mechanisms underlying fibrosis of the heart which is a pathologic thickening of the heart which leads to abnormal relaxation of the muscle, a process that contributes to the development of heart failure.

2013-2014 RESEARCH PROJECTS FUNDED:

  1. Bilateral Internal Mammary Artery (BIMA) Grafting in Elderly Patients - Malcolm J. Dorman, MD; Paul A. Kurlansky, MD; Ernest A. Traad, MD; David L. Galbut, MD; Melinda Zucker, BSN; George Ebra, EdD
  2. Cell Model - Jose Adams, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
  3. Combined Gene and Engineered Stem Cell Therapy Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction – Keith Webster, PhD, University of Miami
  4. Decoding Repair Signatures in Cardiopoitic Stem Cell Treated Heart Failure Patients (Stem Cell Based Heart Repair) – Andre Terzik, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  5. Periodic (pGz) Acceleration and Cardiac Enzymes - Jose Adams, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
  6. Smooth Muscle Cell Transdifferentiation: A New Paradigm for Cardiac Regeneration – Lina Shehadeh, PhD, University of Miami
  7. The Contrast Nephropathy and Nitrates Trial – Gervasio A Lamas, MD, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
  8. The Role of C-Myc in Pulmonary Hypertension – Claudia Rodrigues, PhD, University of Miami