American Heart Association

Alexa can tell you the steps for CPR, warning signs of heart attack and stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The voice-activated Amazon Echo device answers thousands of everyday requests, like setting a timer, playing music, ordering a pizza or changing a thermostat.

Now, the device includes new information that can help save someone’s life.

Alexa, the friendly voice of the Amazon Echo, for the first time provides instructions […]

Wisconsin man’s heart stops on softball field

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tom Hesse was coming in from right field last September when everything went black and he collapsed on the softball diamond near first base. Luckily, fellow ballplayers in the senior league leapt into action and began Hands-Only CPR that helped save Hesse’s life.

Retired EMT Tim […]

Shock from heart device may increase healthcare needs, expenses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A shock from a heart device that saves people from sudden cardiac death may result in more health care, regardless of whether the shock was necessary, according to a new study.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, delivers a shock to restore a normal rhythm when […]

Nearly two decades later, heart attack survivor learns what killed her sister

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eve Walker was 12 when her 16-year-old sister Louise collapsed at a party and died on the dance floor.

Sixteen years later, in 2002, Walker had a heart attack.

She’d been having shortness of breath and dull chest pains for several days. But it wasn’t until she […]

Heart failure projected to increase dramatically, according to new statistics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association’s 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update published Wednesday.

There are several […]

Birth of grandchild spurs heart disease survivor to get fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A cardiac arrest nearly killed Anali Diaz, but it was the news that she was going to become a grandmother that spurred her to get serious about her health.

For years, Diaz, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, constantly felt exhausted, but figured that was just part […]

CPR-trained pair saves runner whose heart stopped beating on wooded trail

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Longtime buddies Tom Devlin and Phil Oaks had run half-marathons together, so a relatively short 3-mile jaunt on a scenic, wooded trail along the Columbia River should’ve been a piece of cake.

Surprisingly, though, Devlin started feeling uncomfortable less than a mile into their run on the Heritage […]

New Michigan law requires CPR training to graduate high school

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lawmakers in Michigan hope the odds of surviving a cardiac arrest improve in the state, where high schoolers will soon be required to take CPR training before graduating.

“We’re hoping this will help increase survival rates across all Michigan communities and beyond,” said pediatric cardiologist Monica […]

Young mother’s heart stops during school holiday party

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dec. 17, 2015, began as a festive day.

Lauri Evans hosted a Christmas party at Oakwell Academy, an elementary school she co-founded in College Station, Texas, on the last day before the holiday break.

After escorting a student out of the building to leave early, Lauri was […]

Notable deaths of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Heart disease and stroke touch people from all walks of life, including celebrities. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, killing more than 17 million people a year. Here is a look at some of the well-known people with […]