Jane McHowat, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology, received a grant from the Lottie Caroline Hardy Charitable Trust to study the effects of smoking on heart health and, specifically, on heart muscle. Little is known about how smoke affects the heart muscle, as most studies have been done on the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

Dr. McHowat will use human myocardium tissue samples collected during cardiac surgeries by two physicians at the Center for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, Dawn Hui, M.D., and Richard Lee, M.D. The researchers will examine the tissue to see what differences, such as changes in structure and chemistry, are present in samples from smokers and non-smokers.

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