American Heart Association

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 training now required to graduate high school in Louisiana

Louisiana has become the 17th state to pass a law requiring all high school students to take CPR training, adding to the more than 1 million graduates who will be equipped with this lifesaving skill every year.

The legislation was passed unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law by […]

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 […]

Over 1 million students to learn lifesaving CPR skills each year

More than 1 million high school students a year will be trained in CPR, thanks to the latest state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement.

Oklahoma this year became the 16th state to pass a CPR law – measures the American Heart Association and other organizations have […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Potential Memorial Day tragedy avoided thanks to family, friends who knew CPR

Tim Weaver was cleaning a boat engine one minute and frantically gasping “Help” the next.

His son-in-law David Andrew was ordering pizza one minute and dialing 9-1-1 the next.

Family and friends around them were wrapping up their Memorial Day weekend on the beach one minute and pulling together to try […]

More children survive when dispatchers guide CPR

Children who have cardiac arrests are more likely to survive if emergency dispatchers talk bystanders through the steps of CPR, according to a new study.

The study found that a month after cardiac arrest, survival with good brain function increased 81 percent for children who received dispatcher-guided CPR, and 68 […]

CPR instructor uses training to save newborn puppy

TALTY, Texas _ Alicia Pederson awoke to her dog Izzy squealing in pain. Alicia knew Izzy was pregnant and due any day. But what she found in her living room at 2 a.m. took her breath away: Two puppies on the floor. One healthy and wriggling. The other cold, […]

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 […]

Man credits YouTube video for his ability to use CPR during flight emergency

A man flying from New York to San Diego on Delta Air Lines helped save a woman’s life using CPR techniques he learned from watching YouTube, according to ABC News 10 in San Diego.

Mitch Thrower, a La Jolla, Calif., businessman, offered to help when a flight attendant called for […]

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 […]