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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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WI Heart Disease Survivor Says Research Saved His Life

May 24, 2010

WAUSAU, Wis. - Wausau accountant Scott Kneser says he is living proof that investment in heart and stroke research saves lives. He has a genetic heart condition and lived on medications until 2005, when he had a cardiac procedure called septal myectomy performed, to improve blood flow to his heart.

In the past, he would have had to get a heart transplant, but this new, life-saving procedure was possible because of government funding, through the National Institutes of Health.

"They used that to develop this kind of technology, and it's very prevalent now. Many people have these, and it's extending their lives."

Kneser just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where he asked the House Appropriations Committee for higher funding for heart disease and stroke research. Nearly 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease every day - one every 38 seconds.

The American Heart Association says legislators and policymakers respond to advocates like Kneser, who spoke to Congressman David Obey and his committee.

"The testimony I gave was my personal account of things, so it really made it easier for me to personalize the statement in asking for the funds."

Kneser says it's vital to speak up for research funding and for policies that advance care. He says recent successes include funding for more portable defibrillators and for public health programs to reach those in need.

As a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Kneser suggests joining the "You're the Cure" network at

More information is available from the American Heart Association at or 1-800-242-8721.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI