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Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions […]

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac arrest […]

Americans unprepared for workplace cardiac emergencies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most U.S. employees are not prepared for cardiac emergencies at work, according to new surveys of employees and workplace safety managers.

The surveys, commissioned by the American Heart Association and released Monday, revealed most workers don’t have access to CPR and first aid training, and half […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

After freak accident landed teen near death, entire family became CPR instructors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coleen Nilsen’s story is about as freaky as a story can get. An accident at work, in which a box with a bicycle inside fell on her abdomen, landed Coleen near death from cardiac arrest.

Coleen, now 38, was 19 when she was working at a […]

CPR through history

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival — if it is given immediately.

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

Elementary school’s first responder team saves teacher with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

School nurse Allison Duffy used to grumble when her CPR recertification came due every two years. In 15 years of nursing, even while working in a hospital, she’d never had to use the lifesaving skill.

That changed Nov. 2 of last year.

Alisha Byerly, a teacher at […]