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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Senate HELP Committee’s Bipartisan Health Care Bill Positive First Step Toward Stabilization, Say Patient, Provider, and Consumer Groups
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 18, 2017— A non-partisan group of 29 patient, provider and consumer groups today praised the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for crafting bipartisan legislation that will help stabilize the individual insurance markets:

Men develop irregular heartbeat earlier than women; extra weight a factor
Study Highlights: The onset of an irregular heartbeat jumps sharply in men after age 50 and in women after 60. The risk of developing the irregular rhythm known as atrial fibrillation rises with increasing age and weight. Having atrial fibrillation more than tripled the risk of dying during average 13-year study.

Patient, provider and consumer groups implore Congress to appropriate CSR funds
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 13, 2017 — 12 patient, provider and consumer groups released the following comments today on President Trump’s announcement that he will discontinue the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments:

Adult and teen obesity rates hit all-time high, CDC reports
DALLAS, October 13, 2017 — New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate the adult obesity rates in the United States are now a staggering 40 percent while youth obesity rates grew to 20 percent for 12-to-19-year-olds.

Health Insurance Changes Could Put Meaningful Health Coverage Out of Reach for Patients
Washington, D.C., October 12, 2017—An executive order issued today by President Trump would encourage association health plans to enter the insurance market and change the rules governing the length and renewability of short-term catastrophic health insurance plans.

Only 1 in 4 survivors feels confident in preventing another stroke
Results from a new survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, found that stroke survivors have low confidence in their ability to prevent another stroke.

Studies suggest resilience training may be a useful primary prevention strategy for employers to improve employee health and engagement
The American Heart Association (AHA) CEO Roundtable today releases “Resilience in the Workplace,” an evidence review report with practical guidance for employers looking to implement resilience training programs.

Calling for greater investment on World Obesity Day
DALLAS, October 10, 2017 — On this World Obesity Day, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, joins organizations from many nations to urge all levels of government to...

Tai Chi holds promise as cardiac rehab exercise
Study Highlights: The slow and gentle movements of Tai Chi – which can increase in pace – hold promise as an alternative exercise option for patients who decline traditional cardiac rehabilitation. The study is the first to suggest that Tai Chi may improve exercise behaviors in this high-risk group.

Nuevo video musical sobre los síntomas de un derrame cerebral
La American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), la organización voluntaria líder mundial en la lucha contra las enfermedades cardiovasculares y el derrame cerebral lanzará un nuevo video musical en tono de parodia para educar a la comunidad sobre los síntomas más comunes de un derrame cerebral.

American Heart Association disappointed in repeal of sweetened beverage tax in Cook County
CHICAGO, October 10, 2017 — The American Heart Association expressed deep disappointment with today’s vote in Cook County, Illinois, repealing the county’s sweetened beverage tax. The Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, believes commissioners were misled by false claims from the beverage industry.

New music video raises awareness of stroke warning signs
DALLAS, October 10, 2017 — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, is releasing a new parody music video to teach people how to recognize the most common stroke warning signs.

American Heart Association sets global health agenda; Becomes member of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Boston, MA October 5, 2017 — The American Heart Association (AHA) is demonstrating its commitment to dramatically change the trajectory of cardiovascular disease globally by becoming a member of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial...

Tobacco Companies Must Finally Tell Public the Truth about Their Lethal Products – 11 Years After a Court Ordered It
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2017 – More than 11 years after a federal court first ordered them to do so, the major U.S. tobacco companies must begin publishing “corrective statement” advertisements next month telling the American people the truth about their deadly and addictive products, if the court accepts an agreement filed by the parties late Monday.

New $5M research initiative aims to determine best treatments for atrial fibrillation patients
The American Heart Association and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) are now accepting applications for a $5 million co-funded research initiative within the American Heart Association’s Atrial Fibrillation Strategically Focused Research Network.

One in four people leave work a year after a heart attack, Danish study finds
Study Highlights: One in four people in Denmark who suffer a heart attack leave their jobs within a year of returning to work. Heart attack survivors with diabetes, heart failure, depression and lower educational and income levels were the most likely to not be working a year after their heart attack.

Adverse events spike after blood pressure meds go generic in Canada
Study Highlights: One month after generic versions of three widely-used blood pressure drugs became available in Canada, hospital visits for adverse events spiked in generic drug users. The findings suggest that generic versions of the drugs may not be exactly equivalent to their brand-name counterparts, but more research is necessary, researchers said.

Scientists think public opinion important before human gene editing
Study Highlights: The public should be consulted before gene editing is used to treat human embryos, a survey of 300 cardiovascular researchers finds. Majority of respondents support gene editing to treat diseases but not for human enhancement.

The One Brave Idea™ Science Innovation Center opens in Boston to host renowned investigators working on “early warning system” to prevent coronary heart disease and its consequences
Boston, MA October 3, 2017 — The American Heart Association, Verily and AstraZeneca, today announced the opening of the One Brave Idea™ Science Innovation Center located on Longwood Avenue in Boston. The Center will be home to Calum MacRae, MD, PhD,...

American Heart Association opposes delay of revised nutrition facts label
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 29, 2017— American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule that extends the compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts label by 18 months:

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.