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CPR with rescue breaths as good as, possibly better than, compression-only CPR

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s note: This is one in a 10-part series of the top medical research advances as determined by American Heart Association volunteer and staff leaders.

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers reported that cardiac arrest victims fare better when first responders and […]

Texas teen uses babysitter CPR training to save her dad

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michael DeMarco and his wife were probably in the best shape of their adult lives. They were slimming down, eating a paleo diet and doing cross-fit training. So when Michael felt weird while riding his stationary bike at home one morning, he called to his […]

AHA staffer uses CPR training to help save Ohio man

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When Sonya Vezmar heard the shout – “Call 911!” – she immediately jumped into action.

Vezmar, who teaches CPR for the American Heart Association, heard the yelling while celebrating a friend’s birthday party at a Cleveland bowling alley on Halloween night.

She quickly ran over to see […]

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, CPR|Tags: , |2 Comments

CPR training at work helps Oklahoma woman save husband

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Vicky Conley always grumbled whenever her work-required CPR training session came around. But it may be what saved her husband’s life.

Conley and her husband, Andy, were visiting a flea market in Oklahoma City in late August when Andy said he felt dizzy.

Initially, Conley didn’t get […]

November 20th, 2015|Categories: CPR, Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Middle school students learn CPR in single PE class

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A one-time, 45-minute educational session on basic life support has the power to greatly improve middle school students’ CPR knowledge and skills, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

Researchers evaluated the use of a 45-minute basic life support […]

Sudden cardiac arrest? Can’t find an AED? There may be an app for that

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The earlier bystanders can deliver shocks with an automated external defibrillator to people who have cardiac arrest outside the hospital, the better their chances are for survival.

Although it may be difficult to find community-based AEDs, a new smartphone application helps connect rescuers with lifesaving […]

Mobile phones should be used to speed help to cardiac arrest victims, guidelines say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cities nationwide should consider using mobile phones and apps to connect people in cardiac arrest with nearby CPR-trained rescuers, say new guidelines from the American Heart Association.

The guidelines, published Thursday in Circulation, claim that such community programs could increase bystander CPR, which, depending on the […]

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

CPR Throwdown: A fun, intense way for professional lifesavers to sharpen their skills

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Here’s what happened:
You ran into Michael Jordan, the pride of North Carolina, at a casino. Now he is in cardiac arrest. You have four minutes to save him.
Can you do it?
In 3, 2, 1 … CPR!
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That was the situation given to Paul Nowell and his […]