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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||0 Comments

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||0 Comments

Law banning smoking on U.S. airline flights passed 25 years ago

Advocates on Monday hailed a law enacted 25 years ago banning smoking on domestic airlines as the catalyst for smoke-free workplace laws that exist today.

The law passed a quarter of a century ago when the dangers of secondhand smoke weren’t well known.

“We knew it was harmful, but we didn’t […]

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

West Virginia expected to require CPR in schools

West Virginia middle school and high school students will be required to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation under new state legislation expected to be signed into law.

Starting in the fall semester of 2015, students in grades six through 12 will practice giving chest compressions every year in health class. Previously, the […]

February 20th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Palliative care puts treatment decisions in heart failure patients’ hands

When it comes to treating advanced heart failure, more may not always be better.

Aggressive treatments for advanced heart failure include complex pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and mechanical devices to pump blood through the body. However, some patients with advanced heart failure may prefer to emphasize symptom relief, comfort and support […]

February 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Experts reassert value of AHA/ACC risk calculator after study finds it overestimates heart risk

Several risk assessment tools, including one from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, were found to overestimate heart attack and stroke risk, according to a study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

But experts who developed the AHA/ACC risk calculator said they already knew about […]

American Stroke Association and Medtronic announce plans to collaborate

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Medtronic plc, a maker of medical devices, announced a plan on Friday to work toward decreasing recurring strokes in patients whose strokes have no known cause.

The two organizations announced the arrangement at the International Stroke Conference in Nashville.

Thirty percent of ischemic strokes […]

February 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Q&A about federal nutrition panel’s advice on dietary cholesterol

1. What was stated in a preliminary document from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee? 

The draft document states that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

2. Does the proposed change mean that my diet does not affect my cholesterol levels?  

No. Despite finding that excessive cholesterol in the […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||3 Comments

New federal guidelines may lift dietary cholesterol limits

Keeping up with what foods are heart-healthy can be a challenge. Now, the federal government may soon be dropping its decades-old advice about eating too much cholesterol.

The nation’s top dietary advisory committee is calling for the removal of limits on dietary cholesterol, according to media reports. The Dietary Guidelines […]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

North Carolina pulse ox test saved Jovie’s life

In the hours following Jovie Faye Smith’s birth last October, all seemed well: She was full-term, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was feeding well.

But before she could leave the hospital, Jovie had to undergo a screening test that recently became mandatory for all newborns in the state of […]

February 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments