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Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

Athletes with defibrillators: Play ball!

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators may play competitive sports, according to four-year research that confirms an earlier short-term study.

An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that tracks the heart rate and delivers an electric shock when it detects an abnormal heart rhythm […]

Elementary school’s first responder team saves teacher with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

School nurse Allison Duffy used to grumble when her CPR recertification came due every two years. In 15 years of nursing, even while working in a hospital, she’d never had to use the lifesaving skill.

That changed Nov. 2 of last year.

Alisha Byerly, a teacher at […]

Minorities less likely to get heart device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances of 2016 as determined by the American Heart Association.

Some healthcare providers are dropping the ball when it comes to treating women and minorities with severe heart failure, a recent […]

Athletic man’s warning after cardiac arrest: Heart disease can strike anyone

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Demetrious Talley was an athletic and fit 39-year-old when he noticed some strange bouts of feeling lightheaded. Mostly he ignored it, figuring that he just stood up too fast or needed to drink some water.

But it was clearly a warning sign of something more serious, […]

Shock from heart device may increase healthcare needs, expenses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A shock from a heart device that saves people from sudden cardiac death may result in more health care, regardless of whether the shock was necessary, according to a new study.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, delivers a shock to restore a normal rhythm when […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cardiac arrest survivor’s Appalachian trek continues

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dustin Hadley is more than one-quarter through the hike of his life — one that’s taking him the length of the Appalachian Trail.

His gear goes beyond the usual camping provisions. Hadley has an ICD, or implantable cardioverter defibrillator, which works as a pacemaker and also […]

North Carolina mom learns the hard way that heart disorder runs in her family

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For years, Mother’s Day was a bittersweet holiday for Anne Howell. She was only a teenager when her 41-year-old mother, active and seemingly healthy, suffered sudden cardiac death from what doctors later determined was a heart muscle disease called cardiomyopathy.

“It was a shock to all […]