American Heart Association

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.

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study.

An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart rhythm […]

Combo of smaller meds may just be the dose to lower blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Combined smaller doses of blood pressure medications may be effective with fewer side effects than standard single doses, according to preliminary research.

In the first review to compare quarter-dose therapy to standard dose and placebo, researchers found that two medications in combination was just as effective […]

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 […]

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back.

Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white wine […]

Medicare to cover simpler, less costly treatment for peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Medicare will now cover supervised exercise therapy for a vascular condition that affects about 8.5 million Americans, according to a decision issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The long-awaited decision means other insurers will likely follow suit.

Medicare will cover the therapy for […]

Patient privacy versus stroke research for the greater good

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Longtime stroke researcher Patrice Lindsay, Ph.D., has had a front-row seat to medical advances for treating the world’s No. 2 killer. And as a survivor, she knows firsthand how far patient care has come since her stroke in 2001.

Programs that track quality of […]

Health groups say CBO report shows healthcare bill puts patients last

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A group of patient and consumer groups urged the Senate on Thursday to scrap the House-passed bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

“[The Congressional Budget Office’s] new score of the [American Health Care Act] should seal its fate as a flawed bill that needs to […]

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven times […]

Kansas man has new appreciation for EMS, bystander CPR after cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted.

“When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stellwagon […]