American Heart Association

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: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Emergency Response, 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

Young diabetics could have seven times higher risk for sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Young diabetics could have seven times more risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest than their peers who don’t have diabetes, according to new research.

The study points to the importance of early and ongoing heart monitoring in children and young adults with both Type 1 […]

Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Time is brain. That’s the mantra of physicians who warn that those with stroke symptoms need immediate medical attention.

The sooner a stroke is treated, the greater the possibility of saving brain cells and achieving recovery.

Now, about a dozen hospitals nationwide are evaluating and treating patients […]

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Emergency Response, Patients, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mobile stroke units designed to quickly reach, treat patients

Many U.S. Latinos aren’t familiar with lifesaving device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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ANAHEIM, California — One in four U.S. Latinos have never heard of a portable device available in many public places that can help save someone whose heart has stopped, new research shows.

That’s compared to 4 percent of whites who were unfamiliar with automated […]

Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California – At first, Eashan Biswas was just looking for a way to use a video game in his sixth-grade science project. But now, the aspiring doctor’s name is on a scientific study being presented on a national stage – and, more importantly, […]

November 11th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Emergency Response, Prevention, Scientific Sessions 2017|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sixth-grader’s science project grows into adult-sized study showing kids can do CPR, too

911 operators should provide CPR instructions, guidelines say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Emergency dispatchers should be taught how to give compression-only CPR instructions over the phone, according to updated CPR guidelines for adults and children issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association.

Such coaching is provided by only half of the nation’s 911 dispatchers, a 2015 study shows.

During […]

Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After Indianapolis International Airport installed a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk in March 2016, Juan Muñoz, a police officer at the airport, made it a regular stop as he patrolled the terminals, trying it a couple times a week.

The interactive program, which measures quality of compression […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

Another big hurricane raises stakes for heart patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As Florida patients and residents prepare for Hurricane Irma’s landfall this weekend, they already are employing lessons learned from medical teams and experts who treated victims of Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 force, after it slammed the Texas coast on August 25. Florida will also face […]

How to prepare for a natural disaster

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During times of emergencies and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, response from emergency professionals is often delayed as systems are bombarded with requests for help.

Being prepared and trained gives people the skills and confidence to act in an emergency and potentially save […]

September 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Emergency Response, Patients|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on How to prepare for a natural disaster

What Katrina can teach us about disrupted cardiac care after Hurricane Harvey

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When patients with cardiac health issues face evacuation due to flooding, fire or other natural disasters, a spike in stress and anxiety levels may be only the beginning. For sudden, jarring, life-changing events—like that of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana this past week—can markedly […]