American Heart Association

New process streamlines care for stroke patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A recently developed process will help streamline initial emergency care for stroke patients.

The Severity-based Stroke Triage Algorithm developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association provides ambulance crews with information and tools to better identify a stroke, assess a patient’s condition and determine the best hospital for […]

Police officer honored in Dubai for saving a life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A CPR-trained Dubai police officer is being recognized in the United Arab Emirates — the country’s first recipient of an award for rescuers who have used American Heart Association training to save or sustain a life.

Corporal Mohammed Naji Ali Dabos, who helped save a heart […]

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 […]

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 […]

Motivational speaker suffers cardiac arrest, turns ‘power of one’ message into ‘power of many’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephen Sroka, Ph.D., was addressing public school staffers about the growing heroin addiction problem in Ohio when he remarked, “I feel tired.”

A well-known motivational speaker, Sroka had been talking about difficulties in his own life growing up in poverty. He sometimes uses a dash of […]

States should require cardiac emergency response plans in elementary through high schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Comprehensive cardiac emergency response plans can help schools save more lives, and should be required by state law, according to an American Heart Association policy published in the September issue of School Nurse.

Intended for elementary through high school personnel, healthcare professionals, boards of education and […]

California to provide CPR training for most students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require CPR training for a majority of the state’s high school students.

Although the California law falls short of the American Heart Association’s efforts to get states to provide CPR training to all high […]

Swimmer’s heart stops in pool and entire school trains in CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Anyone who’s been watching the Olympic swimming events and wondering why lifeguards surround a pool filled with so many expert swimmers should talk to Ashley Dumais.

The young swimmer was at a high school swim meet in January when her heart stopped in the middle of […]

Coordinated response cuts time to treat deadliest heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People having the most deadly type of heart attack received lifesaving treatment sooner when emergency medical services and hospital providers used a coordinated system, according to a new study.

The American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline STEMI Systems Accelerator demonstration project created regional care systems to increase […]