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, […]

Quick CPR saves runner, who finds his ‘angels’ using social media

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The crowd cheered as Bill Amirault neared the finish line of the Key West Half Marathon in Florida. Suddenly, he felt faint and had tunnel vision, so he slowed to walk. Then he collapsed.

Fellow runners and bystanders rushed to him. Luckily, the first three people […]

Mom saves son with CPR after heart-stopping hit to chest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It all started out so normally.

Jose Agredano, 16, had a soccer match on Feb. 16. In California, the San Benito High School team was playing Watsonville High, at Watsonville’s field. Jose’s parents, Jose Sr. and Gina, a family care doctor, were on the sidelines.

A hard […]

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 […]