First Aid, CPR, & AED Classes

Anyone can learn CPR - and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

The American Heart Association is calling on all Americans to learn how to give Hands-Only™ CPR by watching a simple one-minute video at heart.org/cpr. Once you have learned CPR, give 5 people you care about the power to save lives by equipping them to act quickly in a crisis.

Don't be afraid; your actions can only help. If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

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American Heart Association and Aramark named 2018 Halo Award winners for improving diet, health of millions
 The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, and Aramark, the largest U.S. food service company serving two billion meals each year, are thrilled their Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 collaboration is the 2018 Silver Halo Award winner in the health category.

Los estadounidenses de origen sudasiático presentan alto riesgo de padecer cardiopatías y accidentes cerebrovasculares
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South Asian Americans are at high risk for heart disease and stroke
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Important expansion of in-hospital cardiovascular care program to drive improved patient outcomes across China
In-hospital, guideline-led care will now reach more hospitals, and even more people in China. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, supported by funding from AstraZeneca, is seeking to expand in-hospital cardiovascular care guideline adherence through the Improving Care for Cardiovascular Disease in China project, a collaborative effort with the Chinese Society of Cardiology.

Social isolation plus heart failure could increase hospitalizations, deaths
Study Highlights: Heart failure patients who felt socially isolated were much more likely to die or be hospitalized than more socially connected patients. Screening heart failure patients for social isolation could help identify those at risk of poor outcomes.

3 proven ways to hack your restaurant meal
Several restaurant meals are notorious for sky-high sodium levels and are-you-kidding-me calories, but treating yourself to a meal out doesn’t mean settling for poor nutrition. The American Heart Association shares three “eat smart” hacks in honor of World Hypertension Day.

Siga consumiendo pescado dos veces a la semana para mejorar su salud cardíaca
Recomendación destacada: Una nueva recomendación científica de la American Heart Association reafirma la recomendación de consumir dos raciones de pescado a la semana.

Keep saying yes to fish twice a week for heart health
Advisory Highlight: A new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association reaffirms the Association’s recommendation to eat two servings of fish per week.

New $30 million venture capital fund to spur innovation in heart disease and stroke care
With cardiovascular disease on the rise and costs heading to $1 trillion in the U.S., ground-breaking developments in diagnostics, treatments and care are urgently needed. To assure that effective innovations are rapidly introduced into the healthcare system to benefit patients and with evidence to demonstrate their impact, the American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, today announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.

Groundswell of support for Atrial Fibrillation research leads to $15.75 million in philanthropic giving
The American Heart Association—the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—announced today a $5.2 million donation from Sarah (Sally) Ross Soter and her husband, Bill and a $6.25 million donation from Joe and Linda Chlapaty.

Statement from Nancy Brown, CEO of American Heart Association, on WHO and Resolve’s Strategy to Eliminate Trans Fats Worldwide
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on World Health Organization (WHO) and Resolve to Save Lives’ plan to remove most trans fats from food by 2023.

In-womb air pollution exposure associated with higher blood pressure in childhood
Study Highlights: Children who were exposed to higher levels air pollution while in the womb had a higher risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood. This is one of the first studies to show that air pollution may have negative health effects on offspring exposed during pregnancy.

Preliminary research shows non-invasive therapy may reverse atherosclerosis
Study Highlight: Injecting microscopic fibers that remove plaque deposits from artery walls reversed atherosclerosis in preliminary research.

Leaders in brain research join to fund better understanding of age-related cognitive impairment
As health advances allow people to live longer, healthy aging has become an urgent frontier for research. The burden of age-related cognitive impairment – whether from Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dysfunction, or other causes – is growing exponentially.

Annual well woman visit to the OB/GYN can keep your heart healthy
Advisory Highlight: Yearly well woman exams by OB/GYNs should include a heart disease risk assessment.

Delay of revised nutrition facts labels disappointing, but companies should still comply promptly, says American Heart Association
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule that extends the compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts label by 18 months.

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan is named co-chairman of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable
The American Heart Association—the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—welcomes Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, to serve as co-chairman of its CEO Roundtable.

Veinte cosas que no sabía sobre los derrames cerebrales, y que pueden salvar vidas
El derrame cerebral es una de las principales causas prevenibles de muerte, pero la falta de concienciación, educación y recursos son barreras para ponerle un alto. Durante el mes de mayo, el mes del derrame y ataque cerebral en EE. UU., la American Stroke Association, la organización voluntaria líder del mundo dedicada a salvar a las personas de los derrames cerebrales revela 20 cosas que seguramente no sabía acerca de los derrames, en conmemoración de su 20o aniversario:

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Place Statements about Products’ Dangers on Websites and Cigarette Packs
Tobacco companies must soon publish statements on their websites and cigarette package onserts that tell the American public the truth about their deadly and addictive products, under a court order issued May 1 in the U.S. District of Columbia.

Twenty things you didn’t know about stroke, that may save a life
Stroke is a leading cause of preventable death, but lack of awareness, education and resources are major barriers to stopping it. During May, American Stroke Month, the American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization devoted to saving people from stroke, reveals 20 important things you probably didn’t know about stroke, in recognition of its 20th Anniversary:

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.
    • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one.

  • Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.
  • African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.
  • Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths.
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
  • Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
  • The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.