American Heart Association

CPR in school laws take effect in eight new states this year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 […]

Being fit helps man survive the deadliest of heart attacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When John Harrity turned 40, he made a bucket list of 50 things he wanted to do by the time he turned 50.

“It was really hard coming up with that many, so one of them I just wrote was to get my body fat under […]

How virtual reality is changing cardiovascular care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Virtual reality has been a staple of science fiction ever since Stanley G. Weinbaum wrote about high-tech goggles in 1935’s Pygmalion’s Spectacles. Now that virtual reality has become actual reality, it’s slowly but surely revolutionizing the treatment of heart disease and stroke.

“In the […]

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. […]

To save drowning victims, a push to get everyone on the same page

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide die every year from drowning. Yet efforts to figure out the best way to save them have been hindered by inconsistencies and confusion about how to report the details of these tragic occurrences and their eventual outcomes.

Those much-needed instructions […]

Americans unprepared for workplace cardiac emergencies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most U.S. employees are not prepared for cardiac emergencies at work, according to new surveys of employees and workplace safety managers.

The surveys, commissioned by the American Heart Association and released Monday, revealed most workers don’t have access to CPR and first aid training, and half […]

Star of ‘The Goldbergs’ spoofs Oscar mixup in CPR video

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey can add another role to her credits: Future life-saver.

McLendon-Covey, the family matriarch in ABC’s hit comedy, “The Goldbergs,” stars in the new Hands-Only CPR training video from the American Heart Association that spoofs the mix up that occurred at the end of […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

After freak accident landed teen near death, entire family became CPR instructors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coleen Nilsen’s story is about as freaky as a story can get. An accident at work, in which a box with a bicycle inside fell on her abdomen, landed Coleen near death from cardiac arrest.

Coleen, now 38, was 19 when she was working at a […]

CPR through history

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival — if it is given immediately.