American Heart Association

CPR in schools effort begins again in New York

A lack of immediate action spurred Melinda Murray into action.

“My son Dominic was a freshman at Farmingdale State College,” the Elmhurst, New York, resident said. “He was playing basketball when he collapsed with sudden cardiac arrest. There were so many people — mostly students — around, but nobody knew […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Minnesota man learns importance of CPR training twice

Six months after strangers revived his stopped heart and surgeons unclogged several arteries in heart, Dan Wessel headed toward Christmas feeling great – so great that his wife asked him to dress up as Santa Claus for a program at the school where she teaches.

Dan loved it. Yet on […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Saved by bystanders, woman works to get more trained in CPR

April 24, 2010, was a typically busy Saturday for Jill Hisey, then a 44-year-old mother of three active kids in Arcadia, Calif.

She dropped off her 13-year-old daughter, Allie, at a pancake breakfast at 8:15 a.m., headed to a tee-ball game for her 5-year-old son, Jackson, then went to a […]

Small town aims high to fight heart disease

Only 2,000 or so folks live in Hayward, Wisc., which is located in a remote area of the state known for fishing and lumberjack competitions.

It’s probably not the first place you think of when it comes to fighting heart disease, but Hayward is rapidly making a national name for itself doing […]

New kit launches for CPR training in schools

The CPR in Schools Training kit, a hands-on, interactive kit that allows educators to prepare more students, teachers and families to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation is now available from the American Heart Association.

The kit provides training in 30 minutes or less, using a “practice-while-watching” approach. Students learn Hands-Only CPR with an inflatable manikin and training DVD, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heart disease survivor puts focus on health, giving back

It was over 100 degrees in Orange County, Calif., and Gary Stover was in the stands watching his son’s soccer team advance through a tournament.

After the second round of games, Gary’s belly started to hurt. He sat down to rest, and ended up passing out. Gary had a heart […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She ran a 5K and had cardiac arrest the same morning; now she’s an EMT, AHA volunteer

A week after turning 40, and only hours after running a 5-kilometer race, Nancy Capelle was putting some peanut butter on a banana when she felt severe pain in her chest.

The pain traveled through her entire back and through both sides of her jaw. She considered calling an ambulance, […]

Bush the latest in a line of presidents to battle heart disease

Being president of the United States comes with luxuries such as access to premier medical care and a support staff helping with healthy meals, frequent workouts and regular doctor visits.
Despite all of that, U.S. presidents — like all of us — can become heart patients.

George W. Bush joined the list in August 2013 when […]