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  • New requirements for American Heart Association adult CPR courses
    DALLAS, August 15, 2017 — The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019. The devices provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation and instruction on chest compression rate, depth, chest recoil and proper hand placement during CPR training.
  • Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease; air purifiers may lessen impact
    Study Highlights: Exposure to fine particulate matter via air pollution, led to increases in stress hormones and, in a study of healthy college students in China. Negative effects of pollution exposure decreased after using indoor air purifiers over a 9-day period.
  • Disadvantaged kids may be at higher risk for heart disease later in life
    Study Highlights: Children from socially and economically disadvantaged families and neighborhoods appear more likely to have thicker carotid artery walls, which in middle-aged and older adults has been associated with higher risk for heart attack and stroke. The socioeconomic position of a child’s family was more strongly associated with thicker carotid artery walls than living in a disadvantaged neighborhood.
  • Researchers receive $1.5 million each to study extracellular matrix for cardiovascular research
    Two researchers have been awarded grants that could help uncover the next breakthrough in heart-health research, the American Heart Association and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group announced Wednesday.
  • Fluctuations in home-monitored blood pressure may raise dementia risk
    Study Highlights: In a study of older Japanese people, large variations in blood pressure readings during home monitoring were associated with a higher risk of all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The link between daily blood pressure fluctuations and dementia were noted whether participants had normal or high blood pressure.

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