American Heart Association

Policymakers put money toward initiatives that should encourage healthy habits


City leaders and policymakers around the nation are getting behind measures meant to encourage healthier habits.

In New York City, millions have been earmarked to beef up physical education in public schools. In Massachusetts, policymakers have funded improvements to encourage an active transportation lifestyle. And Los […]

New York’s class of 2016 is first to graduate with CPR skills


Graduating seniors across New York State are the first student class to graduate with Hands-Only CPR skills as a result of legislation that went into effect this school year.

“They started with ABC’s and finished with CPR. Three little letters can make all the difference.

Congratulations Class […]

New York Regents finalize CPR in Schools


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Dominic Murray’s room in Queens is the same as it was when he left for college in 2009.

He never lived in that room again – he died of sudden cardiac arrest on Oct. 7 that year.

On Thursday, Dominic’s mother, Melinda Murray, traveled […]

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

5-year-old’s legacy: CPR in schools


Madison McCarthy died from sudden cardiac arrest at age 5. She would have turned 19 on July 21.

Every year on Madison’s birthday, her parents and two brothers, 17-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Ryan, do something to remember her: a picnic at her grave or watching the […]

Consent delay common reason for lag in tPA administration

Consent delay is one of the most common reasons stroke patients in New York State don’t receive tissue plasminogen activator within the first hour (called the “Golden Hour”) of hospital arrival, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Hospitals target administration of the clot-busting drug within 60 […]

Governor signs CPR in Schools legislation moving it to next stage

Editors note: Story updated Nov. 4 to reflect that Delaware became 20th state to require CPR in Schools.

New York moved closer this week toward having CPR in Schools after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a revised CPR in Schools bill.

The new law, signed Tuesday, calls for the commissioner of the […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

Sugary drinks debate heads to Washington

The debate over sugar-loaded drinks and obesity is headed to Washington, as part of legislation introduced to tax manufacturers for every teaspoon of sugar in beverages.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), who has said she doesn’t expect her bill to even come up for a vote, hopes the proposal she […]

CPR in schools effort begins again in New York

A lack of immediate action spurred Melinda Murray into action.

“My son Dominic was a freshman at Farmingdale State College,” the Elmhurst, New York, resident said. “He was playing basketball when he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest. There were so many people — mostly students — around, but nobody knew […]

New York elementary school breaks fundraising record

An elementary school in upstate New York raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the American Heart Association this year, making it the top-earning school in the history of Jump Rope for Heart.

In 2008, French Road Elementary School in Rochester achieved its goal of surpassing $1 million for its combined years […]