Zegre-Hemsey Receives K23 Funding to Study Early Symptoms of ACS

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jessica Zegre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, who has received more than $425,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her project “Patient-reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care.”

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a potentially life-threatening emergency that depends on rapid diagnosis and life-saving therapies to prevent devastating outcomes such as heart failure and sudden cardiac death. A recent focus on symptoms in emergency cardiac care aims to minimize the amount of time a patient’s blood flow is restricted, but there remains a shortage of information about the symptoms and clusters patients experience prior to their arrival at the hospital. .

Dr. Zegre-Hemsey’s three-year study aims to provide new insight about these very early ACS symptoms and clusters, their association with patient and clinical outcomes, and to inform the future development of effective interventions for improved clinical decision-making and long-term outcomes for people who suffer from ACS.

Her team includes mentors Wayne Rosamond of UNC Epidemiology and Holli DeVon of the University of Chicago School of Nursing, along with Jane Brice, UNC Department of Emergency Medicine; Jamie Crandell, UNC School of Nursing; Victoria Vaughan Dickson, NYU College of Nursing; Debra Moser, University of Kentucky School of Nursing and George Stouffer III, UNC Department of Cardiology.

Well done, Jessica!

National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health Award Number K23NR01789, Zegre-Hemsey (PI) 5/01/19-4/30/22 Funding $495,389: “Patient-reported Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Prehospital Cardiac Care.”