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Coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who abstain from the caffeinated beverage, and new research from Stanford may help explain why and how it reduces chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Rural areas in the U.S. have higher age-adjusted death rates for heart disease, stroke, cancer, unintentional injury and chronic lower respiratory disease than metropolitan areas, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

The National Commission on Prevention Priorities and HealthPartners released its top 28 evidence-based preventive services list, and the elimination of tobacco use was ranked the best way to avoid getting heart disease, stroke and other diseases. 

A new state law in Michigan is requiring high schools to provide CPR training to students, a move the state hopes will help decrease the number of cardiac arrests.

A survey of U.S. cardiologists found that women were nearly three times as likely as men to report they experienced some form of discrimination. Women were significantly more likely to report sex and parenting discrimination, while men were significantly more to report racial and religious discrimination.

 

Recent Headlines

Insecticide, garden chemicals could be major diabetes risk factor

New research suggests that exposure to chemicals in insecticides and garden products could be putting people at higher risk for developing diabetes.

AHA, NFL offer free virtual class for students during Super Bowl week

The American Heart Association (AHA), the National Football League (NFL) and Discovery Education will offer a free virtual class on Jan. 31 to teach students the science behind cardiovascular and strength exercises that NFL players use.

Texas medical center adds new physician to its cardiology team

Since serving as a courtesy medical staff member since September, cardiologist Ahad Hassan, MD, will be officially joining Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas, for good as part of the provider’s CardioSolution team.

FDA clears blood test to help diagnose patients with a suspected MI

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance for the Elecsys Troponin T Gen 5 STAT blood test for patients with a suspected MI.

Coffee could reverse chronic inflammation in aging people

Coffee drinkers tend to live longer than those who abstain from the caffeinated beverage, and new research from Stanford may help explain why and how it reduces chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

The Joint Commission creates comprehensive cardiac center certification program

The Joint Commission has created a Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) certification for hospitals that comply with standards, integrate evidence-based guidelines and achieve and/or maintain disease-specific care requirements.

Cardiovascular disease death rates vary among Hispanics in U.S.

The analysis found there were significant differences in cardiovascular disease mortality rates among the three largest subgroups of Hispanics in the U.S.: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans.

AHA pushes back against new blood pressure guidelines

After the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians released new guidelines recommending less-aggressive blood pressure treatments, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a statement vehemently disagreeing with the move.

ACP, AAFP release guidelines on treating older adults with hypertension

Adults who are 60 years old or older and have a systolic blood pressure of at least 150 mm Hg should receive treatment to lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk for mortality, stroke and cardiac events, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Hypertensive emergency remains rare in U.S. emergency departments

From 2006 to 2013, the incidence of hypertensive emergency in U.S. emergency departments more than doubled, according to an epidemiological analysis. However, hypertensive emergency was rare and occurred in 1,670 per million adults emergency department visits in 2013.

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