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AHA News: Teen's Trip to the Mall Could Have Been Her Last

Posted 7 days ago by

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – Sydney Ridlehoover had finished her chores and convinced her parents to take her and a friend to the mall near their home outside Columbus, Ohio. Once they arrived, the girls got out of the car and walked ahead, laughing and talking. Peter Hubby, Sydney's stepfather, saw her fall to the ground before even getting to the mall. He figured...

Health Tip: Using an AED

Posted 12 days ago by

-- Automated external defibrillators can save lives during sudden cardiac arrest, says the Red Cross. For children aged 8 or older and adults, bystanders can follow these AED steps after calling 9-1-1: Turn on the AED and follow the prompts. Open the person's shirt and wipe the bare chest dry. Attach the AED pads. Make sure no one is touching the person. Push the analyze button. If the AED...

Simple CPR Doubles Survival Odds

Posted 19 days ago by

THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 – If a few minutes of your time could save a person's life, would you do it? In a new study, researchers found that any type of bystander CPR – including just performing chest compressions – significantly improves the chances of survival for people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops beating. "Bystanders have...

Bystanders Key to Cutting Cardiac Arrest Deaths

Posted 12 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 – Cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting is a leading cause of disease-related health loss in the United States, a new study says. But bystander use of CPR and automated external defibrillators reduces the risk of death and disability. "Cardiac arrest is unique because survival is dependent on the timely response of bystanders, medical dispatch, EMS personnel,...

AHA News: Heart-Stopping Drama of On-Screen CPR Doesn't Always Reflect Reality

Posted 15 Feb 2019 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association News) – When we watch movies and TV, we know that people can't actually fly, zombies aren't real and animals can't talk, among other scenarios presented for our entertainment. So when CPR and other heroic measures to revive an unconscious victim pop up on the screen, should we react the same way? "Movies very rarely get it right," said Dr. Howie...

CPR Not Always Given at Dialysis Clinics When Needed

Posted 9 Feb 2019 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 – When kidney failure patients undergoing treatment at dialysis clinics suffer cardiac arrest, the clinic staff usually jumps in to perform lifesaving CPR, but not always, a new study finds. "It is reassuring that bystander CPR was associated with improved outcomes in dialysis clinics just as it is in other settings, but it is concerning that the rate of dialysis...

AHA: Another Day at the Office -- Thanks to a Defibrillator Close at Hand

Posted 24 Jan 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23, 2019 (American Heart Association) – On National Wear Red Day in 2018, few people at the Nashville law firm Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop took notice of the occasion, which calls attention to heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women. "I think we had forgotten about it being that day," said Tania Freeman, the firm's business development officer. Still, Feb. 2,...

Health Tip: Simple CPR

Posted 21 Jan 2019 by

-- Doing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest can double the chances of survival, the American Heart Association says. The AARP recommends these steps for administering CPR: Do not wait. A person's chances for survival fall up to 10 percent for every minute of delay. Send someone to look for an Automated External Defibrillator. Push up to two inches downward into the body. Push faster. If...

AHA: Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunites With Bystanders Who Saved Him

Posted 8 Jan 2019 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association) – On a Monday in August, Steve Regier came home early from his office to prepare for a conference call later at home in Wichita, Kan. Needing a break from a day of meetings, he decided to squeeze in a run. With the thermometer past 95 degrees, Steve normally would have logged miles on his treadmill. But a remodeling of the kitchen forced the...

Stroke, Heart Events Can Sideline You From Work

Posted 7 Jan 2019 by

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 – After having a stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest, people are less likely to be employed than their healthy peers, new research shows. Even if they are working, they may earn significantly less than people who haven't had a stroke or heart event, the investigators found. Although the majority of people who have one of these serious health scares do end up back at work,...

Known Risks Don't Explain Blacks' Higher Rates of Sudden Cardiac Death

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 – A sizable study still can't explain why black Americans are much more likely than whites to suffer sudden cardiac death. "At the end of the day, we just don't have a full understanding of why patients who are black are more likely to succumb to [sudden cardiac death] – a clear problem and knowledge gap on many levels," said study lead author Dr. Rajat Deo. He's an...

The Heartbreaking Truth About Poor Cardiac Arrest Patients

Posted 30 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Ambulance response times for cardiac arrest are longer in poor U.S. neighborhoods than in rich ones, which means poor patients are more likely to die, a new study finds. "When it comes to a cardiac arrest, every minute counts," said study author Dr. Renee Hsia, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She and her team analyzed more...

AHA: It Took Heart Attack to Reveal Young Woman's Heart Defect

Posted 29 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Growing up, Alanna Gardner learned she couldn't be too active. If she was, she would faint. Sometimes the spells prompted an emergency room visit. Doctors, however, never diagnosed the cause. Reluctantly, she gave up participating in sports. But after going away to college, Alanna started to wonder if the fainting was a signal that she...

Want to Learn CPR? Try an Automated Kiosk

Posted 28 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 – Hands-only CPR training kiosks in public places are an effective way to teach this lifesaving skill, a new study shows. "These kiosks have the potential to lower barriers to training, increase the likelihood a bystander would perform CPR and positively impact the likelihood of survival from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital," said study author Debra Heard. She is a...

AHA: Defibrillators Can Help Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest, Too

Posted 9 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Sudden cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating – is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. To help save lives, automated external defibrillators, which shock the heart back into a regular beat, have been placed in many public places. Now, these portable AED devices may improve the chance of survival among children and teens,...

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