American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
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Burke started the day working out with the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Airman who nearly died on basketball court helps others learn skills that saved his life

Doctors aren’t certain what caused Frank Bucar’s heart to go into cardiac arrest in December 2012.

They are certain about what saved his life: CPR.
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It was a Monday night in Duluth, Minnesota, and Frank was playing in his weekly basketball game at the local school gym.

During a fast break, Frank […]

‘Iolani School AEDs used to help save three lives

When seven years passed without a single use of the Automated External Defibrillators, the ‘Iolani School in Honolulu began to wonder whether the maintenance of the devices was worth it.

Then on May 4, 2012, English teacher Peter Greenhill collapsed in the doorway of the school nurse’s office.

Greenhill, a runner, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Thanks to CPR, fireman-husband saves life of his cardiac-nurse-wife

Tawnya Reynolds was training for her first marathon, so she wanted to go for a run.

Her husband, Billy, convinced her to stay home and do CrossFit with him.

It likely saved her life.
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As they worked out in the yard of their home, with their daughters Carlie and Paige riding their […]

ECGs won’t save more young people, experts say

Checking all young people with electrocardiograms or ECGs would not prevent more fatal heart problems, but routine physical exams and assessments of medical history could, a panel of heart experts said Monday.

The question of whether electrocardiograms should be mandatory for young athletes often arises after a young athlete dies […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: In Chase’s memory, family teaching others to know risks of sudden cardiac arrest

Around midnight at the end of a busy day, 16-year-old Chase Morris felt a bit dizzy.

So even though friends were still hanging out and playing ping pong outside, Chase headed inside to sleep.

A few minutes later, a friend found Chase on the ground and unresponsive.
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While his mother called an […]

American Heart Association launches new custom solution for EMS audience

Each year, more than 400,000 children and adults experience a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. Only 10 percent survive. Oftentimes, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) professionals arriving at the scene are the first to provide quality patient care to these victims. These healthcare professionals on the frontlines need training […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Longtime Boy Scout leader no longer taking chances with his health

Jose Lepervanche knew he was at risk of a cardiac event. He even tried to prevent it.

He just wasn’t able to keep trying.

Not even after the first time his heart faltered.
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Jose’s heart journey began in the early 1990s, while living in his native Venezuela. After experiencing some chest pain, […]

CPR in schools effort begins again in New York

A lack of immediate action spurred Melinda Murray into action.

“My son Dominic was a freshman at Farmingdale State College,” the Elmhurst, New York, resident said. “He was playing basketball when he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest. There were so many people — mostly students — around, but nobody knew […]