American Heart Association

Actress learns of heart problem after collapsing on soccer field

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A few summers ago, Amber Waller Karasawa went into cardiac arrest while playing in a co-ed soccer game. Thinking she was having a seizure, the other players stood back.

But a teammate with military training knew what to do and quickly started CPR. Two other players […]

In-hospital cardiac arrests at night associated with increased brain damage

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hospitalized patients suffering cardiac arrest at night are more likely to have poor neurological outcome, compared to day time patients, according researcher presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers studied information about patients’ survivals after in-hospital cardiac arrest at a teaching hospital in […]

Most out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors emerge without brain damage

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Most adults who survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrests emerge with their brain function intact, even if their resuscitations took longer than previously recommended, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers studied how the duration of prehospital resuscitation impacts survivors neurologically […]

Some young athletes with heart disease cleared to play under new recommendations

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Young athletes diagnosed with certain heart problems may for the first time be eligible to play competitive sports under new recommendations from the nation’s two leading heart groups.

The scientific statement, issued Monday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, says athletes ages […]

Guidelines call for stronger, more coordinated cardiac arrest response

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When someone collapses from cardiac arrest, everything that happens after that moment can impact a person’s chances of survival. New resuscitation guidelines lay out instructions for a quick, well-choreographed team approach — from bystanders and 911 dispatchers to emergency response personnel and hospital medical staff.

The […]

October 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , |1 Comment

Cardiac arrest follows years of misdiagnoses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Rose Blackwood had spent the afternoon judging middle school and high school science projects and was bidding a colleague goodbye when she had an overwhelming feeling of dizziness.

The next thing she remembers was waking up a day later in the hospital as a nurse removed […]

New resuscitation guidelines update CPR chest pushes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Updated resuscitation guidelines refine how fast and how deep chest compressions should be during CPR – although it’s unlikely that a non-professional rescuer will notice.

The new rate of chest compressions is 100 to 120 compressions, or pushes, per minute, compared to “at least 100” in previous guidelines, according […]

October 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, CPR, Emergency Response|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Statement is first to address cardiac arrest during pregnancy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest can happen during pregnancy. And until now, there was no comprehensive statement defining the problem and outlining the many things women and their families, bystanders, emergency medical services professionals and emergency room medical staff need to know when a pregnant woman experiences this […]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, CPR, Women|Tags: , , |17 Comments

Survivor copes with aftermath of massive heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]