American Heart Association

AHA, China announce new health agreement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Millions of people could be trained in CPR with the help of the American Heart Association under an agreement with the Chinese government announced Tuesday, part of a new effort to save lives in a country where about 290 million people have cardiovascular diseases.

Although it is not the first such collaboration […]

June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

AHA staffer uses CPR to save a life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As Liz Young shopped for landscaping, she heard a woman screaming for someone who knew CPR.

She said her first thought was that “surely there’s somebody else, a doctor or a nurse. Then I realized, I’m the one. I have to go.  I know CPR,” said […]

June 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Oregon requires CPR training in schools

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Oregon has become the 23rd state to require students to learn CPR before high school graduation. Gov. Kate Brown signed the new state legislation Wednesday.

Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, Oregon students in grades 7 through 12 will receive CPR training and learn how to […]

June 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 9-year-old’s voice helps save his mom’s life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Saturday mornings at the Smithlin household in Puyallup, Washington, followed a comfortable routine: Kyra, an early riser, would go into her 9-year-old son Bryce’s room for some cuddle time while her husband, Tony, enjoyed a little extra sleep.

On Dec. 15, 2012, things were going along […]

Cardiac arrest doesn’t have to be death sentence

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Russ Goedde woke up in the hospital in March, he checked for bruises because he thought he might have fallen down the stairs. But it was his heart that had caused the commotion in the gym that morning. It had stopped beating shortly after […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She loves New York with all of her (revived) heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s creates a vibrant scene in New York City, and Brittany Williams and her family were soaking it up last December.

On the first Saturday of the month, they spent the day shopping and enjoying holiday decorations. That night, these […]

Student born with heart defect aims to save lives through Girl Scout project

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Caroline Hickam is pouring her heart into attaining the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Born with a heart defect that required surgery when she was just a few weeks old, the Maryland high school junior is focusing her Gold Award project on heightening […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: CPR-giver becomes recipient, hopes others learn from his example

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tim Byrd was mentally preparing for a chaotic weekend of helping at his son’s marching band competition and administering a skills test to students in his emergency medical technician’s class.

So when he arrived at work that Friday morning, ready to start his shift as a […]

Bystander CPR helps survivors return to work

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Physically active middle-aged adults have low risk of sudden cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities is relatively low among physically active middle-aged adults, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function and usually results from an electrical disturbance in the heart that stops […]