American Heart Association

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: When assistant principal collapsed, CPR instructor stepped up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year.

The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency.

No, she would say, adding, “I hope I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Her diagnosis was a cruel twist; her response is her ‘legacy’

Deena Edwards misses it every day, still craves how it made her feel.

The addiction took root during a trip to Cape Cod when she was 14. In high school, the grip tightened, then kept ratcheting up.

She was 29 when doctors said it might kill her. So she quit. Cold […]

American Heart Association expands global efforts

The American Heart Association now has web pages in eight languages to reach more people with lifesaving information. Cardiovascular disease is expected to kill about 23 million people a year globally by 2030, and the launch supports the AHA’s belief that everyone deserves to live a healthier, longer life.

The […]

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 […]

CPR program delivers training more often to ensure skills don’t erode

Even for medical teams, saving a life with CPR isn’t easy.

More than 600,000 cardiac arrests occur each year and fewer than 15 percent of victims survive, a figure that increases to 23 percent when the cardiac arrest occurs in the hospital.

“Despite everyone’s best effort when we respond to an […]

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