American Heart Association

Statement is first to address cardiac arrest during pregnancy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest can happen during pregnancy. And until now, there was no comprehensive statement defining the problem and outlining the many things women and their families, bystanders, emergency medical services professionals and emergency room medical staff need to know when a pregnant woman experiences this […]

October 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, CPR, Women|Tags: , , |17 Comments

Tennis lesson ends with CPR, AED

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Van Gilbert was about 15 minutes into his weekly tennis lesson when the pro asked him to practice his serve. He made it through a couple serves before collapsing at the baseline.

His coach ran to the pro shop to call 911. A man on a […]

September 17th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Family’s loss spurs drive to expand CPR training, AED access

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In January 2013, Cory Wilson, a junior at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, was sitting in a morning lecture when he suddenly slumped in his chair and then fell to the floor.

His classmates thought he was joking, pretending to be asleep. But when the 21-year-old […]

August 20th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Teen lifeguard saves drowning boy with CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Lifeguard Brianna White surveyed the afternoon crowd on July 9 like she did every day at the community pool in Billings, Montana. Everyone was following the rules. No running, no horseplay.

Then she spotted a 4-year-old boy in the middle of the pool just as he […]

July 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After surviving cardiac arrest, Butch Gibbs works to save others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With their years of experience working with medical emergencies, Butch and Susie Gibbs knew Butch was in grave danger the night he started having chest pains.

Susie took his blood pressure and found it was dangerously low. She called the hospital where she works as an […]

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: |2 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 […]