The American Heart Association has awarded $1.26 million in grants to the University of Kentucky for cardiovascular research.
The funding is for helping develop new treatments to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The heart association has a goal of reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.
The funding to UK is divided into nine grants to researchers in the UK Saha Cardiovascular Research Center and in the college of medicine.
The largest grant, for $308,000, was awarded to Charles Chung of the Saha center, to study what controls how fast the heart relaxes, which relates to controlling blood pressure, according to a news release from the heart association.