American Heart Association

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

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. […]

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

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 […]

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 […]

Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Bill Hughes and his daughter Bethany Gordon had just made the turn for the halfway point in last April’s Monument 10K in Richmond, Virginia, when Hughes grabbed his daughter’s arm.

“Oh my gosh!” he cried, before collapsing.

Gordon flipped her father over with the help of other […]

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Runner crosses finish line 50 days after heart stops during race

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lea en español

Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]

CPR skills low among older adults

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — CPR increases the chance of survival after sudden cardiac arrest, yet knowledge of this lifesaving procedure is low in many communities, especially among older adults, according to studies presented during the Resuscitation Science Symposium at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

In two […]

Wisconsin requires CPR training for students

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wisconsin became the latest state in the country to require CPR training in its schools under legislation signed into law this week.

The measure was inspired by the heroic actions of several teenagers who came to the rescue of a man who had suffered a heart […]

April 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Wisconsin requires CPR training for students

Video-only CPR training without a manikin still effective

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Families trained in CPR using video training without a manikin performed chest compressions similarly six months after their training as those who received video training with manikins, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers studied 571 family members of cardiac […]

November 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Scientific Sessions 2015|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Video-only CPR training without a manikin still effective

Delaware adds CPR to school health curriculum

High school students in Delaware will learn how to perform CPR as part of their graduation requirements under a curriculum change recently adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

The move makes Delaware the 20th state requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requisite and will mean nearly 8,500 […]