American Heart Association

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 […]

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]

Man saves co-worker after watching Hands-Only CPR video

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A daily ritual of reading the newspaper helped a New York City man learn a skill that he would later use when saving his co-worker’s life.

On the subway on his way to work, David Martinez, 55, peruses The Washington Post on his […]

Her father almost died after his heart stopped beating

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saved with CPR, paralyzed airman keeps faith

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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 […]

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 […]

Children need conventional CPR; black and Hispanic children more likely to get Hands-Only method

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Children benefit more from conventional CPR that includes rescue breath, but black and Hispanic children are more likely to receive the compressions-only method, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Using a large national registry in the United States, Philadelphia […]