American Heart Association

Survivor copes with aftermath of massive heart attack


Gabby McManus awoke in the middle of the night with severe heartburn and feeling like there was a huge weight on her shoulders.

It was much worse than symptoms she’d experienced the previous few weeks – occasional shortness of breath and mild heartburn, for which she […]

Teaching CPR en español


As a young American studying Spanish abroad, Shannon Daniel experienced first-hand how CPR can save a life. But what she didn’t know then was the important role she would play in spreading that lifesaving skill.

Daniel was studying in Spain on her way to becoming a […]

Recovery from a Mother’s Day stroke


Jenna Tischer was enjoying a wonderful Mother’s Day afternoon, savoring what was supposed to be her last week of maternity leave following the birth of her son.

The family strolled around their Warrensburg, Missouri, neighborhood, with 6-week-old Bryson and their 2-year-old daughter Kinley.

But Tischer doesn’t recall […]

Bystander CPR helps survivors return to work


It has long been known that bystander CPR gives cardiac arrest victims the best chance for survival. Now, a new study suggests cardiac arrest survivors are also more likely to return to work if they receive bystander CPR.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of […]

When Santa’s heart stopped — again — people responded … again

Dan Wessel was still wearing his Santa Claus outfit when the school nurse began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.

A student already had called 9-1-1. Another student grabbed the automated external defibrillator and brought it to the nurse.

Their textbook response saved Dan’s life. Again. Just six months earlier, Dan had his […]

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease may have low complication risks during delivery

Pregnant women with congenital heart disease had very low risks of arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) or other heart-related complications during labor and delivery, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

However, such women were more likely to undergo cesarean section and remain in the hospital […]

Study: Patients recall vivid memories during cardiac arrest

Survivors of cardiac arrest may be at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues because they maintained vivid memories of their near-death experiences, according to a recent study.

What happens to the mind during cardiac arrest and what it remembers is an understudied area. Sam Parnia, MD, […]

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.

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 […]

World Heart Day – building a global culture of health to reduce death from cardiovascular disease

International leaders are being urged to recognize the global threat of cardiovascular disease and prioritize healthier environments where people work, live and play as part of the focus of this year’s World Heart Day.

The day, created in 2000 to draw attention to cardiovascular health, is held annually on Sept. […]

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