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 commits to improving in-hospital cardiac arrest survival through innovative competency improvement solution
The overall odds of surviving a cardiac arrest in the U.S. could vary by as much as 42 percent between randomly selected hospitals.

17 Patient groups say proposed rule on short-term insurance plans could leave patients with fewer protections, inadequate coverage
A group of 17 patient and consumer groups issued the following statement on a proposed rule released today by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services that would expand the use of “short-term limited duration” insurance plans.

President’s budget shortchanges research, prevention and access to care, says American Heart Association
The American Heart Association said today that the lack of federal support for research, prevention and health care access in the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget, if enacted, could have a serious impact on the nation’s heart health.

Unique role of gender is featured in Circulation journal’s Go Red For Women issue focused on women’s heart health
Issue Highlights: The second Go Red For Women issue of Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, features eleven original articles and research letters dedicated to women’s heart health. Topics include cardiovascular aspects of pregnancy and its complications; risk factors; symptoms of heart attack and mental stress among others.

Short kids may have higher future stroke risk
Being a short kid is associated with increased risk of having a stroke in adulthood, according to Danish research published in Stroke, an American Heart Association journal.

La American Heart Association aplaude el compromiso de McDonald's con comidas más saludables para los niños
La principal oficial ejecutiva de la American Heart Association, Nancy Brown, emitió hoy la siguiente declaración sobre los nuevos compromisos de McDonald's y Alliance for a Healthier Generation. La American Heart Association, la organización de salud voluntaria líder a nivel mundial, dedicada a combatir las enfermedades cardiovasculares, promueve estrategias basadas en la mejor evidencia científica para mejorar la nutrición y aumentar la actividad física para personas de todas las edades.

The American Heart Association applauds McDonald’s commitment to healthier kids’ meals
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on new commitments from McDonald’s and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, promotes strategies based on the best science to improve nutrition and increase physical activity for people of all ages.

American Heart Association CEO Roundtable Pledges Leadership to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
The toll of increasing prescription and illicit opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose has devastated communities across the United States and has reached crisis proportions, taking a tragic toll on countless individuals and our society. Every day, an estimated 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose resulting in more than 300,000 deaths since 2000. Meanwhile, approximately 25 million Americans experience pain every day and for many, this pain interferes with their physical and mental health, work productivity, social interactions, and activities of daily living.

Survivors of childhood heart defects may have higher risk of premature dementia
Study Highlight: Children born with heart defects are more likely to survive into old age because of improved early treatments, but they may be more likely to develop early-onset dementia than people born without heart defects.

American Heart Association thanks Congress for passing stroke telemedicine and cardiac rehab legislation
The American Heart Association today commended Congress for passing legislation that will greatly benefit the nation’s heart and stroke patients. The two-year budget deal, just approved by the House and the Senate, included provisions that expand access for telestroke and cardiac rehabilitation services, remove restrictions on Medicare therapy caps and help improve the health of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Celebrities confirmed to walk American Heart Association’s Go Red For WomenTM Red Dress Collection 2018 Fashion Show presented by Macy’s
WHO: This year’s show will be hosted by Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny/The Handmaid’s Tale). The following 17 celebrities will also walk in the show: Adrienne Houghton (The Real), CeCe Winans (Grammy award-winning gospel singer), Elisabeth Röhm (Law and Order), Ginger Zee (Chief Meteorologist, ABC News), Grace Helbig (television and YouTube personality), Kate Walsh (Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice), Kathy Ireland (model and actress), Lea Salonga (Broadway actress and voice of two Disney princesses), Liz Hernandez (Access Hollywood and E! News), Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Maye Musk (model, dietitian, and latest CoverGirl), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Niki Taylor (supermodel), Rachel Lindsay (The Bachelorette), Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Zuri Hall (E! News).

Stroke journal features women’s studies on how gender influences stroke risk, treatment and outcomes
Many aspects of strokes affect women and men differently, and four articles in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke highlight recent research and identify future research needs.

Top heart disease and stroke research advances of 2017
New medicines to fight heart disease, updated guidelines for strokes and high blood pressure, and research into genome editing are among the top heart disease and stroke advances in 2017, according to the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Media Alert: Celebrities confirmed to walk American Heart Association’s Go Red For WomenTM Red Dress Collection 2018 Fashion Show presented by Macy’s
WHO:  This year’s show will be hosted by Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny/The Handmaid’s Tale). The following 17 celebrities will also walk in the show: Adrienne Houghton (The Real), CeCe Winans (Grammy award-winning gospel singer), Elisabeth Röhm (Law and...

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association sending televangelist Pat Robertson wishes for a speedy recovery after suffering a stroke
Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson is recovering after suffering an embolic stroke Friday evening, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Virginia-based television network he founded.

Severe pre-eclampsia often leads to undetected high blood pressure after pregnancy
Study Highlights: Hypertension commonly occurs in the year following pregnancy among women who had severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. The lingering hypertension may go unnoticed because it often doesn’t present as classic high readings in the doctor’s office. Offering post-pregnancy ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to all women who have severe pre-eclampsia may help detect those whose blood pressures might be high despite normal readings in doctors’ offices.

American Heart Association presses Congress to address care access for heart and stroke patients in Medicare extenders bill
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today urging Congress to include three provisions in the Medicare extenders legislation that would vastly improve access to care for Americans.

American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions now three days
Beginning in 2018, the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, the premier global exchange of the latest in cardiovascular science and clinical practice, will be a three-day meeting. Scientific Sessions 2018 will be held November 10-12, 2018 in Chicago. Previously, the meeting was held over five days.

The American Stroke Association receives $11.1 million gift from The Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher Foundation to fund targeted research network in hemorrhagic stroke
DALLAS, February 1, 2018 — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, announces its fifth major philanthropic gift from...

American Heart Association's Go Red For Women® launches The Go Red Commitment this American Heart Month to motivate women to take action against heart disease
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women®, nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, is asking all women to take their heart health seriously by making an official Go Red Commitment during American Heart Month. In addition to joining women across the country in taking critical steps together to end heart disease and stroke forever, Go Red For Women and its sponsors are encouraging women – and men – to Wear Red & Give to the American Heart Association on Friday, February 2.

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.