American Heart Association

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 […]

Hands-Only CPR training helps man save wife’s life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jerry Kertesz first learned Hands-Only CPR at his local library in Tucson, Arizona. His wife Lisa had seen a blurb about it in the paper and the couple decided to give it a try.

A few months later, Jerry underwent training a second time, this time […]

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: 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 […]

Secret to former VP Cheney’s success fighting heart disease? Being a good patient

Dick Cheney has been vice president of the United States and Secretary of Defense. He’s been a member of Congress and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
He wouldn’t have been able to do any of it if not for another role in which he’s excelled: patient.

From the first indication […]

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 […]

Homes near highways may up heart disease risks

Living near the highway may shorten the daily commute, but it may also up the risk of heart disease, according to new research.

One recent study suggested that living near a highway was associated with an increased risk of dying from sudden cardiac death. The second showed the proximity to […]

‘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, […]

ECGs won’t save more young people, experts say

Checking all young people with electrocardiograms or ECGs would not prevent more fatal heart problems, but routine physical exams and assessments of medical history could, a panel of heart experts said Monday.

The question of whether electrocardiograms should be mandatory for young athletes often arises after a young athlete dies […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: In Chase’s memory, family teaching others to know risks of sudden cardiac arrest

Around midnight at the end of a busy day, 16-year-old Chase Morris felt a bit dizzy.

So even though friends were still hanging out and playing ping pong outside, Chase headed inside to sleep.

A few minutes later, a friend found Chase on the ground and unresponsive.
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While his mother called an […]