American Heart Association

Losing son inspires AHA volunteer to keep his legacy alive

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When her precious son Kyle lost his valiant, lifelong battle against heart disease at age 18, Shelly Church solemnly swore to keep his legacy alive.

“He really enjoyed his life, I think maybe because he knew it was going to be short,” she said.

In his fleeting […]

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, Heart Disease|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Losing son inspires AHA volunteer to keep his legacy alive

Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning.

Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon.

Worse yet, it wasn’t even […]

July 11th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Failure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania doctor makes lifesaving house call, in his own home

After friend’s fatal heart attack, Chicago construction executive is building healthier lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The last time Chicago construction executive Jim Hill spoke to his friend and colleague Bob Krier, everything seemed just fine.

After all, it was Bob and Andrea Krier’s 31st anniversary. It was two days before Thanksgiving. There were plenty of reasons for the couple to be […]

July 9th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Heart Disease|Tags: , , |Comments Off on After friend’s fatal heart attack, Chicago construction executive is building healthier lives

CPR is key to survival of sudden cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

CPR increases the possibility of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. But it’s not just trained professionals who can jump in to perform CPR. There are simple, lifesaving steps any bystander can take.

“We think it should be a basic life skill,” such as knowing to call 911 when […]

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health|Tags: , |Comments Off on CPR is key to survival of sudden cardiac arrest

Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!”

Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Prevention|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver […]

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The night before leaving on a cruise, Alisa Mari was trying to free up room on her DVR to record programs she would miss while on vacation. One of the space-eaters was a talk show demonstrating how to perform CPR that she’d been saving for […]

June 6th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Cholesterol, CPR, Health, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains.

Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best treat […]

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

Lifesaving information is not always a phone call away

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Keidryn Nimsgern’s heart stopped when she was riding in her boyfriend’s car while the two ran errands in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. Jake Suter had never called 911 before that frightening day a year ago.

Today, they are both grateful there was a dispatcher trained […]

June 1st, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Disease, Women|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lifesaving information is not always a phone call away

Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As a retired electrician, David Paschal knows a thing or two about electrical currents. He did everything he could to avoid the unpleasant feeling of getting shocked, especially since it also carried the risk of being electrocuted.

So when emergency responders kept administering shocks to his […]

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Heart Attack, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Retired electrician saved by CPR, jolts from an AED