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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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STORIES FROM THE HEART: 4 heart attacks, 5-way bypass, 35 stents – and that’s only part of this survivor’s story

Justin Faloon has had four heart attacks.

He’s endured a quintuple bypass.

He’s received an extraordinarily high number of stents – 35.

Yet perhaps the best part of his story doesn’t involve the care he’s received. It’s about the lives he’s saved.
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Justin’s tale dates to the first day of June in 1999, when […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Amazing series of events helped Gene beat the odds – again

Realtor Gene Cragoe was driving to his office to check something when he started to “get real dizzy, real quick.”

He took his foot off the accelerator and tried guiding his van off the highway in the small town of Luverne, Minnesota. Unfortunately, there was no shoulder on the main […]

Delaware adds CPR to school health curriculum

High school students in Delaware will learn how to perform CPR as part of their graduation requirements under a curriculum change recently adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

The move makes Delaware the 20th state requiring CPR training as a high school graduation requisite and will mean nearly 8,500 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After losing teenage son, family promotes CPR training in high school

No matter the sport, 14-year-old Burke Cobb loved to compete.

The oldest of three boys, Burke played football, basketball, lacrosse and was a swim team member. With all that energy and activity, his mom, Marla Cobb, considered him perfectly healthy.

Until July 19, 2012.
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Burke started the day working out with the […]

Governor signs CPR in Schools legislation moving it to next stage

Editors note: Story updated Nov. 4 to reflect that Delaware became 20th state to require CPR in Schools.

New York moved closer this week toward having CPR in Schools after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a revised CPR in Schools bill.

The new law, signed Tuesday, calls for the commissioner of the […]

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.
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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 […]

‘Iolani School AEDs used to help save three lives

When seven years passed without a single use of the Automated External Defibrillators, the ‘Iolani School in Honolulu began to wonder whether the maintenance of the devices was worth it.

Then on May 4, 2012, English teacher Peter Greenhill collapsed in the doorway of the school nurse’s office.

Greenhill, a runner, […]

Indiana students receive CPR in Schools kits for training

More than 315,000 Indiana high school students will learn Hands-Only CPR during the next four years due to a new law requiring instruction in the life-saving skill.

The change requiring CPR training for high school graduation in Indiana began with this school year. This summer, the American Heart Association donated “CPR […]