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Promoting preventive services could improve health outcomes

By promoting preventive services and prioritizing healthy living, ending the gap in health care services and health outcomes for all Americans could move closer to being a reality, the Office of Minority Health said during National Minority Health Month.

This week focuses on Latina women in the workforce, a group that the […]

Looking back 50 years to the surgeon general report lambasting tobacco

Five decades ago Dudley Hafner’s boss handed him a copy of the surgeon general’s report, “Smoking and Health.”

It was thick as a bible. And such serious business, Hafner said, that it had been under armed security until its release the week before.

To study the report without interruptions, Hafner and […]

Experts: Tougher anti-tobacco laws needed

Americans know cigarette smoking kills, but the Surgeon General’s report this year revealed how many different ways both direct as well as secondhand smoking cause harm.

The current report builds on findings first issued 50 years ago when the Surgeon General explored the health hazards of smoking. Experts cite the […]

Unhealthy fats finally falling out of favor

Unhealthy fats — for decades a slippery slope in the American diet — are finally falling out of favor.

The Food and Drug Administration ruled in November that partially hydrogenated fats don’t meet the criteria for their “generally recognized as safe” category, starting the process to dramatically reduce trans fats […]

Foundation releases nationwide county health rankings

The latest county-by-county ranking of the nation’s health is a “revealing snapshot of where we live, learn, work and play,” according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which released the report Wednesday.

The County Health Rankings report measures factors like high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, […]

Pilot training for CPR program launches in Dallas

The American Heart Association is pilot testing a program to help healthcare providers maintain their CPR skills and save more lives. The training uses mobile simulation stations featuring manikins that act as both patient and coach.

Fewer than one in five patients who experience cardiac arrest — the abrupt loss of heart function — survive. […]

Blood thinners recommended for people with irregular heartbeat to prevent stroke

People with irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, should take blood thinners to prevent stroke, according to an updated guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. About one in 20 people with untreated atrial fibrillation will likely have a stroke in the next year.

The uneven heart rhythm of […]

Company commits $1 million in on-air time for American Heart Month

In support of American Heart Month, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has committed more than $1 million of on-air media to help educate the public about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of all Americans.

“Together with Clear Channel’s support and our longstanding partners at the American Heart Association and American […]

Dallas-area teens learn CPR

More than 2,000 teens learned the lifesaving skill of CPR on Friday, thanks to the American Heart Association’s Dallas Division, the Frisco ISD, FC Dallas and BBYO, the world’s largest Jewish youth organization.

Cardiac arrest — the abrupt loss of heart function — is a leading cause of death in […]

February 17th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Free blood pressure checks this month at drugstore chain Walgreens

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is offering free blood pressure testing in support of American Heart Month throughout February.

According to the American Heart Association, 76.4 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, often known as the “silent killer” because it usually presents no symptoms. High blood […]