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Upstate preps for record-breaking year at upcoming Heart Walk

It’s Heart Walk time again.

Upstate Medical University gathered its Heart Walk team captains this week to begin the push for another successful event. Upstate historically ranks as a top team at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association annual event, which this year takes place April 2 at Onondaga Community College.  The 5K run and walk begins at 10 a.m.

Last year Upstate set new records for giving and participation, raising $48,468, eclipsing 2014’s total by nearly 28 percent. That equals 10 percent of the total amount raised by the association at the Heart Walk.

And as for participation, 704 members of the Upstate community and friends walked or ran in the event, that was held at OCC. March 28. 2015 was the first year Upstate’s participation in the event topped 700. Upstate added 133 participants from last year’s total and broke a previous record for participation of 670 that was set in 2010.

Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD,  thanked team captains for their enthusiasm, community engagement and for helping to educate others on ways to prevent heart disease.

The money raised at the Heart Walk helps support advocacy, education and research, including some studies at Upstate.

A recent American Heart Association grant, totaling $308,000, was awarded to Vladimir A. Sirotkin, PhD, to study the development of the actin-myosin filament contractile apparatus of heart and skeletal muscle. Other Upstate faculty members receiving AHA research support have included Steven Taffett, PhD; David Pruyne, PhD; Michael Princiotta, PhD; Jeffrey Amack, PhD; Guangliang Wang, PhD; Jianxin Yu, PhD; Danielle Sliter, PhD; Bogdan Mitrea, PhD; and Styliani Goulopoulou.

To join Team Upstate at the Heart Walk, sign up at heartwalk.

Caption: Upstate Medical University gathered its Heart Walk team captains Jan. 19 to begin the push for another successful event.

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