DHMC Teams Up On Vascular Work

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lebanon — Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will share in almost $4 million of funding over the next four years to investigate causes of vascular disease through a new network announced on Monday by the American Heart Association.

Lebanon-based DHMC will team up with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to form a center researching what causes critical limb ischemia, the severe obstruction of the arteries which restricts blood flowing to hands, feet and legs, according to a Heart Association news release.

Dr. Phil Goodney, a vascular surgeon at DHMC, will lead a project focused on treatment strategies to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes and critical limb ischemia, while research at Brigham and Women’s will include finding new ways to identify people at risk for ischemia.

The two hospitals will share $3.7 million over the next four years as part of the Heart Association’s vascular disease research network.

Other centers are being established at Northwestern University in Chicago and through a joint effort between University of Kentucky and Baylor College of Medicine.

Steven Houser, the immediate past president of the American Heart Association, in the news release said the grants targeting vascular disease are intended “to kickstart new thinking” on peripheral artery disease and aortic disease.

More than 8 million people in the United States age 40 or older suffer from peripheral artery disease, which can lead to difficulty walking, and puts them at risk for complications including infections and amputation. 

They also have “significantly higher rates” of heart attacks and strokes, the release said.