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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Boston students, school employees honored for saving teacher

Joan Eacmen was in the middle of a routine day teaching math at Boston’s O’Bryant School of Math & Science, when suddenly she went into cardiac arrest and crumpled to the ground.

The ninth-graders were stunned silent. But not for very long.

Within seconds they alerted assistant principal Bettie Nolan and […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Minnesota man learns importance of CPR training twice

Six months after strangers revived his stopped heart and surgeons unclogged several arteries in heart, Dan Wessel headed toward Christmas feeling great – so great that his wife asked him to dress up as Santa Claus for a program at the school where she teaches.

Dan loved it. Yet on […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Saved by bystanders, woman works to get more trained in CPR

April 24, 2010, was a typically busy Saturday for Jill Hisey, then a 44-year-old mother of three active kids in Arcadia, Calif.

She dropped off her 13-year-old daughter, Allie, at a pancake breakfast at 8:15 a.m., headed to a tee-ball game for her 5-year-old son, Jackson, then went to a […]