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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 […]

8-year-old revived after heart stops on playground

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sofia Montoya had been practicing her favorite song for her elementary school’s talent show April 22. She sang Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” over and over again with her mother, Shawna.

But Sofia didn’t make it to the show.

The bubbly, bright third-grader at Farallone View Elementary in […]

Ohio becomes 33rd state to offer CPR training for students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coming in at No. 33, Ohio is the newest state to add CPR training to the curriculum for high school students. The bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. John Kasich.

“House Bill 113 is bipartisan, common sense legislation that will have an immediate impact for all communities […]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Cardiologist helps save boy who collapsed on basketball court

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For years, New Hampshire cardiologist Jon Wahrenberger has pushed for two guidelines that would help save lives in an emergency: teaching CPR in schools and equipping public facilities with AEDs, a machine to shock a stopped heart back into action.

Then he took his son to […]

Tennis lesson ends with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Van Gilbert was about 15 minutes into his weekly tennis lesson when the pro asked him to practice his serve. He made it through a couple serves before collapsing at the baseline.

His coach ran to the pro shop to call 911. A man on a […]

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Family’s loss spurs drive to expand CPR training, AED access

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In January 2013, Cory Wilson, a junior at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, was sitting in a morning lecture when he suddenly slumped in his chair and then fell to the floor.

His classmates thought he was joking, pretending to be asleep. But when the 21-year-old […]

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After surviving cardiac arrest, Butch Gibbs works to save others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With their years of experience working with medical emergencies, Butch and Susie Gibbs knew Butch was in grave danger the night he started having chest pains.

Susie took his blood pressure and found it was dangerously low. She called the hospital where she works as an […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She loves New York with all of her (revived) heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s creates a vibrant scene in New York City, and Brittany Williams and her family were soaking it up last December.

On the first Saturday of the month, they spent the day shopping and enjoying holiday decorations. That night, these […]

Bystander CPR helps survivors return to work

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It has long been known that bystander CPR gives cardiac arrest victims the best chance for survival. Now, a new study suggests cardiac arrest survivors are also more likely to return to work if they receive bystander CPR.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of […]