American Heart Association

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 […]

Hospitalized children less likely to survive late-night cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A large, nationwide study of children who suffer cardiac arrest while in the hospital has revealed an under-recognized and potentially preventable problem.

Hospitalized children who have a cardiac arrest and are resuscitated by hospital staff between 11 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. are less likely to survive […]

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 […]

Party plans interrupted by cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Judy Strnad was preparing to host friends at a Super Bowl party when she “decided to die on the couch.” That’s according to her wife, Pat Mikos, who was in the kitchen when she heard a sound from the other room.

“I called to Judy and […]

California to provide CPR training for most students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require CPR training for a majority of the state’s high school students.

Although the California law falls short of the American Heart Association’s efforts to get states to provide CPR training to all high […]

Police sergeant’s heart stops after dialing 911

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dean Oshiro has to rely on his family to fill in the blanks when it comes to what happened on Aug. 20, 2010. That’s when the Santa Monica, California, police sergeant survived a cardiac arrest caused by a heart attack.

Dean had come home from a […]

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 […]