American Heart Association

Father of the bride collapses at wedding – dramatically showing need for public access to AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The best day of Dr. Ralla Shrit’s life turned into her worst nightmare in a matter of seconds.

As she was cutting the cake at her wedding reception, her 60-year-old father collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom. For 10 excruciating minutes, […]

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]

Her father almost died after his heart stopped beating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Danielle Gregoire was 13 when she almost lost her dad after his heart stopped beating for two minutes on the floor of a local Dallas area YMCA. John Gregoire, then 44 and by all appearances in good health, was lifting free weights when he dropped […]

Coffee shops, ATMs may be good spots for AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coffee shops and automated teller machines might be ideal locations for automated external defibrillators, new data suggest.

In a Toronto, Canada, study, three major chain coffee shops and ATMs at the nation’s five largest banks represented eight of the top 10 spots for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest […]

CPR skills low among older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — CPR increases the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest, yet knowledge of this lifesaving procedure is low in many communities, especially among older adults, according to studies presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

In two […]

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 […]

American Heart Association to offer CPR, AED training in China

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More people in China will soon be able to learn to give CPR, use an automated external defibrillator and deliver first aid by taking American Heart Association training.

The Chinese public will be able to learn the life-saving skills through the AHA’s first international training center in Beijing […]

D.C. requires CPR training for high school graduates

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly 3,000 students graduating each year from Washington, D.C., public and charter schools will now be trained in Hands-Only CPR.

The law was enacted last Saturday following completion of the 30-day Congressional review period. In D.C., legislation approved by the city council and mayor goes to […]

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 […]

Resuscitation organizations join forces to up cardiac arrest survival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association, Resuscitation Academy Foundation of Seattle, Washington, and Laerdal Medical have joined forces to create the Resuscitation Academy Collaborative, a group leading U.S. efforts to improve cardiac arrest survival. The move is part of a larger global effort to improve worldwide cardiac […]