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911 operators should provide CPR instructions, guidelines say

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Emergency dispatchers should be taught how to give compression-only CPR instructions over the phone, according to updated CPR guidelines for adults and children issued Tuesday by the American Heart Association.

Such coaching is provided by only half of the nation’s 911 dispatchers, a 2015 study shows.

During […]

New guidelines aim to prevent sudden cardiac death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s hard to predict sudden cardiac arrest. For people whose heart unexpectedly stops beating, roughly half didn’t have any earlier symptoms.

New guidelines issued Monday by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm Society may help doctors better identify people at risk […]

October 30th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, Health, Patients, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New guidelines aim to prevent sudden cardiac death

Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After Indianapolis International Airport installed a Hands-Only CPR training kiosk in March 2016, Juan Muñoz, a police officer at the airport, made it a regular stop as he patrolled the terminals, trying it a couple times a week.

The interactive program, which measures quality of compression […]

October 26th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Training CPR rescuers, one traveler at a time

CPR in school laws take effect in eight new states this year

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After Noah Weeda collapsed during soccer drills in April 2015 at his Grand Rapids, Mich., high school, best friend Tyler Menhart called 911 and used CPR skills he learned as a Boy Scout.

In South Carolina, 18-year-old high school football player Ronald Rouse died in 2012 […]

Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many things had to go right for Shelley Wyant to survive a cardiac arrest four years ago.

First, she was lucky it didn’t happen 30 minutes earlier.

That day in May 2013 was like any other at the health insurance company where she worked in Flint, Michigan. […]

July 20th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Stories from the Heart, Women|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Right time, right place helps Michigan woman survive cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest gets little research funding despite huge death toll

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but gets just a fraction of the government’s funding for medical research, according to a new study.

Researchers aren’t sure exactly why there’s such a disparity in funding from the National Institutes of Health, but […]

Affordable Care Act linked to fewer cardiac arrests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer cardiac arrests in Portland and the surrounding county may be the result of the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests.

In a study of emergency medical services in an urban Oregon county before and after the Affordable Care Act, researchers found the incidence of cardiac arrest […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

After freak accident landed teen near death, entire family became CPR instructors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Coleen Nilsen’s story is about as freaky as a story can get. An accident at work, in which a box with a bicycle inside fell on her abdomen, landed Coleen near death from cardiac arrest.

Coleen, now 38, was 19 when she was working at a […]

Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Brian Maxwell was nearing the finish line when he saw what he thought was a woman tripping and falling down.

“I went over to help her up, but when I rolled her over she had that look of death on her,” he said.

Luckily for Rita Jones, […]

June 7th, 2017|Categories: Cardiac Arrest, CPR, Health, Heart Attack, Heart Failure|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Birmingham woman finds new courage after being saved by CPR