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Heart health

Medicine and Health Campaign

Philanthropic support makes discovery possible 

The University of Minnesota is home to some of the 20th century’s greatest advances in cardiovascular health, including the world’s first successful open-heart surgery using hypothermia and the invention of the battery-operated pacemaker. Charitable gifts support these kinds of life-changing advances in medicine.

Advancing heart health

Today University physician-researchers are continuing a tradition of creating revolutionary therapies—for instance, using stem cells, a “molecular Band-Aid,” and a “guardian angel” protein delivered via gene therapy—to mend damaged hearts. Also, U researchers were the first to systematically examine the relationship between lifestyle and diet and rates of heart attack and stroke and later developed the country’s most comprehensive screening for early signs of heart disease.

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