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Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

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Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!”

Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the […]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Prevention|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Drowning can be fast and silent, but it can be prevented, too

Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

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Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver […]

June 7th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Drones may soon help save people in cardiac arrest

He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

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The night before leaving on a cruise, Alisa Mari was trying to free up room on her DVR to record programs she would miss while on vacation. One of the space-eaters was a talk show demonstrating how to perform CPR that she’d been saving for […]

June 6th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Cholesterol, CPR, Health, High Blood Pressure, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on He learned CPR from a TV show. A week later, he used it to save his wife’s life.

Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

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Immediate CPR can double or triple the likelihood that a person will survive cardiac arrest, but survivors often face struggles, particularly with their brains.

Dr. Karen Hirsch, a neurologist and program director of neurocritical care at the Stanford Stroke Center, is researching how to best treat […]

June 4th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Scientists unravel brain networks of cardiac arrest survivors

After 5 years, cardiac arrest survivor finds her rescuer

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When Heidi Stewart’s heart stopped at age 18 in her high school in Vancouver, Washington, quick-acting school administrators and teachers jumped into action, starting CPR.

Taking turns, the principal and teachers kept Stewart alive until the EMS team arrived.

She was able to thank the teachers and […]

May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on After 5 years, cardiac arrest survivor finds her rescuer

Nurse’s colleagues use the CPR he taught them to save his life

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Nurse Michael Lovelace has been training his colleagues in high-quality CPR for more than three decades, including the past 16 years in the emergency department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

For Lovelace, teaching CPR meant knowing his words could potentially save a life. […]

May 8th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Patients|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Nurse’s colleagues use the CPR he taught them to save his life

New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

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Saving a child with heart disease whose heart has stopped requires a different approach than reviving a child with a healthy heart, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Cardiac arrest in the hospital is 10 times more common among children with […]

April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Children, CPR, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on New guidance issued for treating cardiac arrest in children with heart disease

Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards

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For J.R. Bourne, a day at the beach rekindles good and bad memories.

It’s the place where the Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident died and was brought back to life thanks to fast-thinking first responders and an automated external defibrillator.

Back in June 2015, then-40-year-old Bourne was playing […]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Disease, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Florida man survives cardiac arrest thanks to quick action of lifeguards

CPR training now offering augmented reality technology

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Augmented reality is transforming various aspects of medicine, and now it’s going to help train people to save lives using CPR.

Augmented reality – a technology that creates views of computer-generated images in real-life environments – already includes medical uses such as training for minimally invasive […]

March 20th, 2018|Categories: CPR, Health, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on CPR training now offering augmented reality technology

Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients

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A person who suffers a cardiac arrest in public has more than twice the chance of surviving if a bystander steps in to restart the heart with an automated external defibrillator before an emergency crew arrives at the scene, a new study has found.

Heidi Stewart […]

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bystander use of defibrillators can dramatically boost survival of cardiac arrest patients