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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Elementary school’s first responder team saves teacher with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

School nurse Allison Duffy used to grumble when her CPR recertification came due every two years. In 15 years of nursing, even while working in a hospital, she’d never had to use the lifesaving skill.

That changed Nov. 2 of last year.

Alisha Byerly, a teacher at […]

Kansas man has new appreciation for EMS, bystander CPR after cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After 24 years as a paramedic, Joe Stellwagon doesn’t take successful resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient for granted.

“When things go right, and you see the eyes blinking, it’s just a great feeling,” said Stellwagon, a paramedic with Johnson County MED-ACT in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stellwagon […]

Father of the bride collapses at wedding – dramatically showing need for public access to AEDs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The best day of Dr. Ralla Shrit’s life turned into her worst nightmare in a matter of seconds.

As she was cutting the cake at her wedding reception, her 60-year-old father collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom. For 10 excruciating minutes, […]

Survey: 1 in 3 adults may have had warning stroke, but most didn’t seek help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A third of U.S. adults have had symptoms consistent with a mini-stroke, but nearly no one – only 3 percent – called 911 for help, a survey released Monday shows.

The responses from 2,040 adults in a representative sample showed 35 percent had experienced at least […]