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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 […]

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 […]

50 years of giving back

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shortly after joining the American Heart Association, Cliff Lura started helping train communities in CPR.

The importance of that training was illustrated for Lura very personally over the years as paramedics used CPR to save his favorite uncle’s life, not once but twice. “We were teaching […]

Report: 10 measures could prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Ten strategies could help doctors, patients and families prevent sudden cardiac death, according to a new report.

The findings from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

More than 350,000 Americans […]

Saved with CPR, paralyzed airman keeps faith

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Ignacio Montoya and his father, also named Ignacio, won the visa lottery to legally get out of Cuba in 1997, when Montoya was 6.

His mother, Carmen, had died two years earlier from leukemia. After his wife’s death, Montoya’s father had no reason to […]

Trauma, resuscitation research needs change

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Much of the current trials in resuscitation and trauma care are based on observation rather than randomized controlled trials. That needs to change, according to the winners of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards in Resuscitation Science.

“We have dozens of interventions on every […]

Frequent simulation-based training may improve CPR proficiency among hospital staff

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — A new training model improved CPR skills in a clinical setting, according to research presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Currently, hospital staff are only required to undergo formal CPR training every two years. This […]

Hands-only CPR boosts bystander resuscitation in Sweden

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS – Since guidelines have endorsed the use of compression-only or Hands-Only CPR by people not trained or unwilling to provide rescue breaths during resuscitation attempts, Swedish bystanders are trying to help at a far greater rate.

Using a national registry in Sweden of 23,169 […]

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