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Alexa can tell you the steps for CPR, warning signs of heart attack and stroke


The voice-activated Amazon Echo device answers thousands of everyday requests, like setting a timer, playing music, ordering a pizza or changing a thermostat.

Now, the device includes new information that can help save someone’s life.

Alexa, the friendly voice of the Amazon Echo, for the first time provides instructions […]

AHA develops standards to improve 911 dispatcher-assisted CPR


Public feedback is being sought for draft standards set by the American Heart Association to help 911 dispatchers walk callers through CPR during a suspected cardiac arrest.

The organization will collect comments until Nov. 16 and use the input to encourage emergency communications and dispatch centers […]

Second-grader saves grandmother with 911 call


“Hello, my grandma just had a stroke! Can you come get her? And she can’t talk.”

Those were the words a quick-thinking 7-year-old told a 911 operator that may have saved her grandmother’s life.

The dispatcher who took the call presented Anna Crown with a certificate of […]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care


Arriving to the hospital by ambulance speeds up life-saving treatment for heart attack patients in rural areas and confirms the important role paramedics have in expediting care, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

New campaign urges people to call 911 at first sign of heart attack

A new community awareness campaign in North Texas is encouraging people to call 911 at the first sign of a possible heart attack.

The campaign, called “Don’t Die of Doubt,” is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas.

The […]

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |1 Comment

Barriers keep the poor, minorities from calling 911, study says

Distrust of law enforcement, language barriers, lack of information about cardiac arrest and financial concerns are the major barriers keeping the poor, Latinos and other minorities from calling 911 for help, according to a new study.

Using focus groups and interviews, investigators explored why people in five low-income Latino neighborhoods […]

January 13th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Ohio dad saves his toddler son using infant CPR

As parents of three young boys, Eli and Melissa Thomas are used to constant roughhousing, teasing and noise.

So, they immediately feared the silence last August during a family trip to a relative’s home with a pool.

The pool was new and the gate to the pool deck was not completely installed. During […]

April 30th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Ohio dad saves his toddler son using infant CPR

Calling 911 important to get prompt treatment

Timothy “Mitch” Mitchell was one of the lucky ones. A diabetic and a longtime smoker, he experienced some burning sensations in his chest off and on for a few days, but thought it was “from the cold” September days in Wisconsin.

After the burning pain “got worse” and wouldn’t go […]

March 21st, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Calling 911 important to get prompt treatment