Archive - Jan 3, 2011

Archive - Jan 3, 2011


Granby, Mass., Named HeartSafe Community

Granby, Mass.—Granby, Massachusetts has been named a "HeartSafe Community" by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Medical Services, meaning that it is well-equipped to save lives in cases of cardiac arrest.

Communities earn points for the designation based on whether they fit the criteria in terms of technology, emergency responders and CPR training for laypeople.

Breathing in Polluted Air May Trigger Heart Arrrhythmias


Exposure to air pollution has been linked to deaths, including sudden death (arrhythmic mortality). A new study suggests the effects of air pollution on the heart and the rhythm of the heartbeat may be under-recognized. That’s because research finds that even healthy people with no known heart disease have detectable changes in important electrical properties of the heart when breathing in air pollution like the smog commonly encountered in cities worldwide.

Authors say these findings suggest that pollutants may impair the ability of the heart to reset its electrical properties in an orderly manner, especially during periods of acute or prolonged smog exposure, creating the conditions needed for arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death in some cases.

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