LSU Health Shreveport establishes new center

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A new center at LSU Health Shreveport will help people who suffer strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1blnDIM ) the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the new center Thursday. The LSU Board of Supervisors in November approved a five-year plan for the center, which will be funded with money from the Feist endowment. The center has a $2 million proposed operating budget.

LSU Health researcher Chris Kevil believes the center will help coordinate existing efforts and spur more research. Kevil, who joined the faculty in 2002, will head the center.

“We can bring together researchers and clinicians in a way we weren’t able to do before,” he said.

The plan also calls for development of a stroke center that would offer a continuum of care, from immediate stroke treatment to rehabilitation.

“One thing we plan on doing is actually going out in the community for education purposes. In many ways we’ve already begun that, working with groups like the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association,” Kevil said.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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