American Heart Association

AHA develops standards to improve 911 dispatcher-assisted CPR


Public feedback is being sought for draft standards set by the American Heart Association to help 911 dispatchers walk callers through CPR during a suspected cardiac arrest.

The organization will collect comments until Nov. 16 and use the input to encourage emergency communications and dispatch centers […]

Emergency medical services, fire departments recognized

The Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Program has extended silver and bronze awards to 207 emergency medical services and fire departments to recognize their quality of care.

To be recognized, the emergency medical agencies had to successfully implement treatment guidelines for patients who suffer a severe heart attack, known as a […]

Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]