Speedway Project Promises Insights Into Heart Disease Space Travel More | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally, killing an estimated 17.9 million people each year. To combat this trend, researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently took to the Daytona International Speedway to monitor the cardiovascular functions of drivers at the Rolex 24.
The study of professional drivers could also help make air and space travel safer.
“We’re studying human performance and how the body responds to the stressors associated with racing,” said Dr. Scott Ferguson, assistant professor of Aerospace Physiology. “Since high-level athletes perform well in high-stress environments, studying them gives us insight into how their bodies deal