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West Virginia requires CPR for high school graduation

West Virginia governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation Wednesday requiring high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation before graduating.

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, 17,600 students per year will graduate with CPR training under their belts.

West Virginia is the 21st state to pass CPR-for-graduation requirements.

Students in grades six through 12 will practice […]

February 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Deanna Linz makes heart disease her pageant platform

After losing both her parents to heart disease Deanna Linz made raising awareness about heart health her mission – one that became even more personal when she became a heart patient herself.

Linz, an ambassador for the American Heart Association, had her first heart attack at age 40, followed by […]

Pharmacies offering rewards for healthy behaviors

Customers making strides towards a healthy lifestyle can see the discounts add up at the cash register at a growing number of pharmacies.

Whether it is exercising, tracking blood pressure or glucose levels, losing weight, getting vaccinated or taking medicine regularly, pharmacies are rewarding customers for doing so as they […]

February 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Poor response to cholesterol drugs may indicate blocked arteries

If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because […]

February 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Tech exec’s response to his debilitating stroke? He’ll soon be riding a bicycle across the country

Armed with a sharp mind and a keen gift for gab, Sean Maloney rose from a free-spirited youth in London to a leading man in Silicon Valley. At 54, he was widely considered the CEO-in-waiting of technology titan Intel.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that such a striver pushed his body, […]

Heart failure patients struggling with daily tasks more often hospitalized; die early

A new study finds that heart failure patients who struggle with day-to-day tasks may be at risk for hospitalization and even early death.

The risk is higher for older women, unmarried people and those with chronic conditions that affect mobility and ability, including obesity, dementia, anemia and diabetes, said researchers […]

New research to study benefit of long term post-stroke care in North Carolina

A new five-year study, funded with a $14 million award, will examine whether long-term post-stroke care will benefit North Carolina stroke patients.

The study is scheduled to begin next year and is expected to reach at least 9,000 patients.

Pamela W. Duncan, P.T, Ph. D., professor of neurology and senior policy […]

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Thirty champions announced in hypertension challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Million Hearts announced the 2014 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge Champions this week.

Million Hearts launched the challenge to recognize health care teams and practices nationwide for helping patients keep blood pressure under control. Those selected achieved blood pressure control for at least […]

February 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

California lawmakers introduce bills to ban tobacco at Major League Baseball parks

New legislation introduced Tuesday in California would ban the use of tobacco at all Major League Baseball parks in the state — ballplayers included.

Lawmakers put forth two measures in Sacramento and San Francisco that would rid the nation’s pastime of the pervasive use of smokeless tobacco.

The bills come less than […]

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Cardiovascular research continues to show gender differences

The latest gender-specific research on heart disease — which claims more lives than all forms of cancer — continues to show differences between women and men.

But gaps remain in how to best diagnose, treat and prevent it, according to data published Tuesday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: […]

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments