American Heart Association

After 5 years, cardiac arrest survivor finds her rescuer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Heidi Stewart’s heart stopped at age 18 in her high school in Vancouver, Washington, quick-acting school administrators and teachers jumped into action, starting CPR.

Taking turns, the principal and teachers kept Stewart alive until the EMS team arrived.

She was able to thank the teachers and […]

Nurse’s colleagues use the CPR he taught them to save his life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nurse Michael Lovelace has been training his colleagues in high-quality CPR for more than three decades, including the past 16 years in the emergency department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

For Lovelace, teaching CPR meant knowing his words could potentially save a life. […]

May 8th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Nurse’s colleagues use the CPR he taught them to save his life

Heart-stopping condition could come with warning signs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms.

But several recent studies show that, sometimes, people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have warning signs hours – and even weeks – ahead of time. Experts […]

May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Physical Activity, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Heart-stopping condition could come with warning signs

New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saving a child with heart disease whose heart has stopped requires a different approach than reviving a child with a healthy heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Cardiac arrest in the hospital is 10 times more common among children with […]

April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories.

It’s the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator.

Back in June 2015, then-40-year-old Bourne was playing […]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards

Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A person who suffers a cardiac arrest in public has more than twice the chance of surviving if a bystander steps in to restart the heart with an automated external defibrillator before an emergency crew arrives at the scene, a new study has found.

Heidi Stewart […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

Cardiac arrest stopped this half marathon runner mid-stride

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Melissa Ziebell was approaching the final mile of the 2015 Paris Half Marathon, her third ever, on track to break her personal best time of 1:45.

Then her legs seemed to seize up and stop working.

“I realized I was going to fall, and that’s […]

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Cardiac arrest stopped this half marathon runner mid-stride

After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Davy Hobson was notorious for last-minute Valentine’s gifts. But on Feb. 14, 2013, he was ahead of the game.

“I’d bought my wife’s gift a day early for the first time since we were married,” he said.

When the home health nurse from Tyler, Texas, left for […]

February 13th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Patients, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart

Cardiac arrest survivors have trouble returning to work, social life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tom Parker was 32 when his heart suddenly stopped. At home in Washington, D.C., his wife quickly started CPR with guidance from a 911 dispatcher. An emergency medical technician arrived on the scene minutes later. Using a portable defibrillator, he shocked Parker’s heart to get […]

January 11th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cardiac arrest survivors have trouble returning to work, social life

Scrambling to restart a stopped heart  — when the patient is the president of the American Heart Association

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 6:20 a.m. on Nov. 13, Dr. John Warner climbed off a stationary bike inside the Anaheim Convention Center and started walking across the street to his hotel.

It was a big day for Warner, part of a big week.

About 15,000 people from around the globe […]

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Scrambling to restart a stopped heart  — when the patient is the president of the American Heart Association