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Workplace stress, sleep among top employee concerns

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than a quarter of workers are stressed out, according to a national workplace health survey released Tuesday by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable.

According to the Nielsen-conducted survey of 2,009 employees, 28 percent experience stress as a result of work. Many want their employers […]

U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor encourages cycling to improve heart and brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Just days after being honored at the White House, U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor Billy Lister was back on a bike in Denver, encouraging people to improve their heart and brain health through cycling.

Lister spoke Sunday at a local CycleNation event, part of a […]

States should require cardiac emergency response plans in elementary through high schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Comprehensive cardiac emergency response plans can help schools save more lives, and should be required by state law, according to an American Heart Association policy published in the September issue of School Nurse.

Intended for elementary through high school personnel, healthcare professionals, boards of education and […]

New program helps Americans add more color to their plates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Coloring the plate every day with one more cup of fruits and vegetables is the rallying cry of +color, a new American Heart Association initiative to encourage Americans to eat healthier.

To kick off the initiative, NBC’s Today show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer helped the organization […]

Sleep important to heart, brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Not catching enough Z’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association.

Sleep disorders are “very much” related to cardiovascular disease, said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional medicine […]

AHA develops standards to improve 911 dispatcher-assisted CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Public feedback is being sought for draft standards set by the American Heart Association to help 911 dispatchers walk callers through CPR during a suspected cardiac arrest.

The organization will collect comments until Nov. 16 and use the input to encourage emergency communications and dispatch centers […]

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., […]

Obesity lower in four states, remains high among minorities in national report

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For the first time in a decade, some states have lowered obesity rates.

Decreases occurred in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio, according to an analysis of U.S. data that was released in the “The State of Obesity” report issued annually by the Robert Wood Johnson […]

Resuscitation organizations join forces to up cardiac arrest survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association, Resuscitation Academy Foundation of Seattle, Washington, and Laerdal Medical have joined forces to create the Resuscitation Academy Collaborative, a group leading U.S. efforts to improve cardiac arrest survival. The move is part of a larger global effort to improve worldwide cardiac […]

Common food additive may increase blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating foods with too much phosphate, a common food and beverage additive, increased blood pressure in rats, particularly during exercise, a recent study showed.

It’s a finding that if confirmed would support the Food and Drug Administration including the amount of added phosphate on food labels, […]

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