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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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

June 7th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

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 […]

June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Elementary school’s first responder team saves teacher with CPR, AED

One CPR class changed his entire life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Manny Medina was 16, he didn’t know or care much about emergency cardiovascular care as he walked into a CPR class at his high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

“But then I pulled out the (defibrillator) pads and all of a sudden I felt […]

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, […]

May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Father of the bride collapses at wedding – dramatically showing need for public access to AEDs