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 names new general counsel
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has named attorney M. Lewis Kinard as executive vice president, general counsel and assistant corporate secretary for the organization at its international headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Kinard succeeds Lynne M. Darrouzet, who previously announced plans to retire and who moves into a special project role -- of counsel -- to Association executive management.

American Heart Association raises concerns about Senate tax bill
American Heart CEO Nancy Brown issued a statement today on the concerns raised about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act approved by the Senate. Among the concerns raised were the proposed repeal of the health insurance mandate, removal of the charitable tax deduction, and substantial cuts to domestic programs, including Medicare and the Prevention Fund.

Senate tax bill will deprive more Americans of affordable health care, says 15 patient/consumer groups
Today a group of 15 non-partisan patient and consumer organizations issued a statement on the passage of the Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The patient and consumer community joins members of the provider and insurance communities in raising the alarm about the consequences of the repeal of the individual mandate without a workable alternative, which include higher premiums and fewer Americans with coverage.

Higher risk of dying due to heart cell damage without any symptoms occurs during or after non-heart surgery
Study Highlights: One in seven patients 65 or older undergoing non-heart surgery experienced heart cell damage during or after surgery, known as perioperative myocardial injury (PMI). Deaths of patients with PMI were six times higher in the 30 days following surgery compared to patients without PMI.

Amgen CEO demonstrates commitment to workplace health as new member 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—proudly welcomes Amgen Chairman and CEO, Robert A. Bradway, as the newest member of its CEO Roundtable. The CEO Roundtable is the Association’s leadership collaborative with over 35-member CEOs who represent some of the nation’s largest employers committed to applying evidence-based approaches to improve their employees’ overall health and the health of their communities.

American Heart Association says proposed changes to school meals fails the nation's children
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown made the following comments on an interim final rule issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The rule would allow school nutrition directors to include 1 percent flavored milk and refined grains instead of whole-grain rich products in school meals, as well as revise the sodium targets for daily school breakfasts and lunches.

La Asociación Americana del Corazón Provee Ayuda Financiara a Puerto Rico con la Fundación Ricky Martin
Un cargamento de agua potable, filtros de agua, medicamentos y suministros médicos para hospitales y clínicas arribó anoche a la Base Aérea Muñiz del Aeropuerto de San Juan, como un esfuerzo humanitario de la Asociación Americana del Corazón – la organización de salud voluntaria líder a nivel mundial, dedicada a combatir las enfermedades cardiovasculares. La llegada a la Isla de esta ayuda médica fue posible mediante un donativo de cien mil dólares otorgado a la Fundación Ricky Martin para continuar contribuyendo con la recuperación de Puerto Rico.

American Heart Association provides financial aid to Puerto Rico with the Ricky Martin Foundation
A shipment of drinking water, water filters, medicine and medical supplies for hospitals and clinics arrived last night to the Muñiz Air Force Base in San Juan Airport, as a humanitarian effort of the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.The arrival of this medical aid to the island, was made possible through the American Heart Association’s $100,000 donation, granted to the Ricky Martin Foundation in contribution to Puerto Rico’s relief and recovery post-Hurricane Maria.

More than 300 medical practices and health systems recognized for blood pressure control
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) today recognized 310 physician practices and health systems from across the country for their commitment to reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes each year.

Special issue on global disparities in management of cardiovascular disease illustrates need for global outreach and leadership
Results from studies featured in the November issue of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes focus on the disparities in cardiovascular care found globally, emphasizing the importance of the American Heart Association’s leadership as the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease.

Starting this week, tobacco companies must run court-ordered ads telling the truth about their lethal products
Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies must run court-ordered newspaper and television advertisements that tell the American public the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as the companies’ intentional design of cigarettes to make them more addictive.

Aramark serves up 14 percent reduction in sodium through healthy menu innovation as new American Heart Association hypertension guidelines emphasize lifestyle modifications
Aramark, the largest U.S. food service company serving two billion meals each year and the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, report significant strides in delivering healthier options across the menus it serves to millions in colleges and universities, hospital cafes and workplace locations.

Using Real Patient Stories, New PSA Campaign Urges Americans to Bring High Blood Pressure Under Control
New York, NY, November 16, 2017: Today the American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA), and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced a new public service awareness (PSA) campaign in partnership with the Ad Council. The...

Lawrence Livermore and American Heart Association partner to accelerate drug discovery
The American Heart Association and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have formed a strategic business relationship to overcome the burden of drug discovery, cost and access.

Shakopee tribe and American Heart Association launch new health initiative with American Indian Cancer Foundation
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) today announced the creation of a $200,000 grant program to support innovative nutrition-based, health-focused advocacy efforts in Native American communities. The American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) will serve as the intermediary partner for the new Fertile Ground Grant Program, administering the program and providing technical assistance to grantees.

Treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure
Study Highlight: Intensive treatment of gum disease, or periodontitis, was associated with a significant decrease in blood pressure among patients at risk for developing high blood pressure in this Chinese study.

Sleep deprivation may increase risk of cardiovascular disease in older women
ANAHEIM, California, Nov. 14, 2017 — Older women who don’t get enough sleep were more likely to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary research presented at the...

16 Patient Consumer Groups: CBO Report Shows Repeal of Individual Mandate Results in 13 Million More Americans Uninsured, Higher Premiums
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2017 — Today, a group of 16 non-partisan patient and consumer groups issued the following statement on last week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. In the report, the CBO report estimates that 13 million fewer Americans will have health insurance if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate ...

E-cigarettes are more likely to be used by alcohol drinkers and former cigarette smokers
ANAHEIM, California, Nov. 14, 2017 — Electronic cigarettes are more frequently used by people who recently quit smoking and alcohol drinkers, according to preliminary research presented...

Las situaciones estresantes pueden aumentar las probabilidades de obesidad en las mujeres
Puntos destacados del estudio: Las mujeres que informaron una o más situaciones traumáticas en la vida, como la muerte de un hijo, tenían mayores probabilidades de ser obesas. Las mujeres que informaron cuatro o más situaciones negativas en los...

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.