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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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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 […]