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  • Dr. Feairheller (“Dr. F”) has worked in the clinical health and wellness field for over 25 years and has a passionate interest in chronic disease management through lifestyle changes. Her work focuses on cardiovascular health, in particular. Dr. Feairheller is a Professional Member of the American Heart Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. As clinical faculty at UNH, Dr Feairheller works as the Director of the UNH Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program. She works to improve the heart health of cardiac patients and community members who have modifiable risk factors through both in person and telehealth remote wellness modules.

    Dr Feairheller also has an active clinical research program. The Hypertension and Endothelial function with Aerobic and Resistance Training (HEART) 'lab' group examines the effects of exercise and diet on heart health, in particular blood pressure. She recently was awarded the Certificate of Research Excellence from the American Heart Association. Dr Feairheller’s current research project funded by the American Heart Association examines how circuit training and a modified Mediterranean diet can improve cardiovascular health in firefighters and civilians. She has national certifications as a firefighter and a rescue technician, and having been a volunteer firefighter herself, she has a vested interest in getting the fire service physically active and healthy.

    Prior to joining UNH, Dr Feairheller spent years working as in integrative physiologist with broad training in translational research focusing on diet and exercise interventions aimed at improving cardiac risk and modulating endothelial function. She gained bench-top research experience in cell culture in both pharmaceutical and university-based research programs. She gained experience in the health industry in pharmaceutical research, development, regulatory support, and quality assurance. She has experience in patient safety working as a project manager and senior scientific medical writer for an evidence-based non-profit patient safety organization conducting patient-centered outcomes research and health technology assessments on interventions for cardiovascular disorders and obesity. She also has experience as a business owner-operator for a health and wellness business conducting diet and exercise interventions, community seminars and private instructions.

    Her motto “~live healthy, live for your heart!”
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition on Maximal Core Temperature in Collegiate Football Players During Preseason.Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  32:1662-1670. 2018
    2018 Effects of circuit exercise training on vascular health and blood pressure.Preventive Medicine Reports.  10:106-112. 2018
    2017 Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Responses to Gear Weight Under a Controlled Workload.Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  59:e20-e23. 2017
    2017 Adherence to Exercise Prescription and Improvements in the Clinical and Vascular Health of African AmericansInternational Journal of Exercise Science.  10:246-257. 2017
    2017 Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Health Has Relationship with Age in Adults During AdulthoodInternational Journal of Exercise Science.  10:798-806. 2017
    2017 Differential Response to Exercise in African Americans with High Levels of Inflammation.Ethnicity and Disease.  27:233-240. 2017
    2016 Carotid Artery IMT, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Males and FemalesInternational Journal of Exercise Science.  9:482-490. 2016
    2016 Vascular Health in American Football Players: Cardiovascular Risk Increased in Division III PlayersInternational Journal of Vascular Medicine2016
    2015 Blood pressure and heart rate responses in volunteer firefighters while wearing personal protective equipmentBlood Pressure Monitoring.  20:194-198. 2015
    2014 Effects of Moderate Aerobic Exercise Training on Vascular Health and Blood Pressure in African AmericansJournal of Clinical Hypertension.  16:504-510. 2014
    2013 Are there race-dependent endothelial cell responses to exercise?Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.  41:44-54. 2013
    2013 Endothelial Activation Microparticles and Inflammation Status Improve with Exercise Training in African AmericansInternational Journal of Hypertension2013
    2013 Visit-to-visit and 24-h blood pressure variability: association with endothelial and smooth muscle function in African AmericansJournal of Human Hypertension.  27:671-677. 2013
    2012 Relationship of visit-to-visit and ambulatory blood pressure variability to vascular function in African Americans.Hypertension Research.  35:55-61. 2012
    2011 Racial differences in oxidative stress and inflammation: in vitro and in vivo.Clinical and Translational Science.  4:32-37. 2011
    2011 Endothelial-Dependent Flow-Mediated Dilation in African Americans With Masked-HypertensionAmerican Journal of Hypertension.  24:1102-1107. 2011
    2011 Racial differences in the responses to shear stress in human umbilical vein endothelial cells.Vascular Health and Risk Management.  7:425-431. 2011
    2011 Racial differences in tumor necrosis factor-α-induced endothelial microparticles and interleukin-6 production.Vascular Health and Risk Management.  7:541-550. 2011
    2010 Racial Differences in the Time-Course Oxidative Stress Responses to Acute ExerciseJournal of Exercise Physiology Online.  13:1-10. 2010
    2009 Exercise training, NADPH oxidase p22phox gene polymorphisms, and hypertension.Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Medicine and science in sports.  41:1421-1428. 2009

    Teaching Activities

  • Electrocardiography Taught course 2020
  • Exercise Laboratory Technique Taught course 2020
  • Full Name

  • Deborah Feairheller