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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Men younger than 50: the more you smoke, the more you stroke
Study Highlights: The more cigarettes men younger than 50 smoked, the more likely they were to have a stroke. Researchers say, while smoking cessation is the goal, just reducing the number of cigarettes younger men smoke could help reduce their stroke risk.

Leading Health and Medical Groups Urge Immediate FDA Action to Address Rising Youth Use of Juul E-Cigarettes
Six leading public health and medical organizations today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take strong and immediate action to address the dramatic rise in teen use of Juul electronic cigarettes, which has been widely reported by media and educators across the United States.

American Heart Association sending condolences in passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush
DALLAS, April 17, 2018 —  The American Heart Association joins the nation in mourning the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush passed away this evening after reports that she had chosen comfort care over further medical treatment for her...

Smoking may increase heart failure risk among African Americans
Study Highlights: African Americans who smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart failure. Among African Americans, those who smoke a pack or more a day are likely at greatest risk for heart failure. African Americans who quit smoking may no longer be at increased risk of heart failure.

American Heart Association reacts to farm bill proposed by House Republicans
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill.

Final marketplace rule will revive discrimination and raise out-of-pocket costs for Americans with pre-existing conditions
The association joined 20 other patient and consumer groups in issuing the following statement today on the 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule, which will severely weaken key benefits that underpin core consumer protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Wildfire smoke associated with more ER visits for heart, stroke ailments among seniors
Study Highlight: Exposure to smoke from wildfires was associated with increased rates of emergency room visits for heart- and stroke-related illness, especially among adults age 65 and older.

Move forward with voluntary sodium targets to reduce costs and disease, says American Heart Association
American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on a new study that finds industry adoption of the FDA 2016 sodium reformulation targets for processed foods will cost-effectively reduce cardiovascular disease.

American Heart Association recognized once again as top employer
DALLAS, April 10, 2018 — The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease –  has once again been selected as a top employer in the U.S. in two leading rankings.

The American Heart Association’s innovative solution personalizes cardiovascular condition management with tailored engagement to improve population wellness and reduce readmissions
Patients battling cardiovascular diseases, and even people hoping to prevent heart disease and stroke, now have easy digital access to CarePlans that appeal directly to their individual motivations. The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, and PatientBond, a cloud-based platform for digital patient engagement, are releasing a jointly created solution called, AHA’s Health Motivation Platform that uses PatientBond’s proprietary psychographic segmentation model to influence user behaviors based on their intrinsic motivations.

When heart disease runs in the family, exercise may be best defense
Study Highlight: As fitness increases, heart risk decreases regardless of genetic risk.

Online message board advice on ICDs reflects inaccuracies
Study Highlights: Medical advice about implanted cardiac defibrillators obtained over two years from a dedicated online message board was accurate only about half of the time. About a quarter of advice dispensed via the online message board was...

Depression negatively impacts heart and stroke patients
Study Highlights: People with cardiovascular disease who haven’t been diagnosed with depression but are at high-risk for it are more likely to report worse healthcare experiences and use emergency room services more often than those diagnosed with...

Study found people would rather pop a pill or sip tea than exercise to treat high blood pressure
Study Highlights: Survey respondents were more likely to choose a daily cup of tea or a pill over exercise to “treat” high blood pressure in an imaginary scenario, but many didn’t think the interventions were worth the benefits.

Out-of-pocket expenses for chronic heart disease care inflict heavy financial burdens for low-income families; even those with insurance
Study Highlights: 1 in 4 low-income families experience significant financial burden from out-of-pocket expenses for treatment of chronic heart disease. 1 in 10 low-income families, including those with insurance, experience catastrophic...

Four tips to move more in April
Staying active is a no-brainer when it comes to improving how you look and feel, yet fewer than one in four U.S. adults are getting the federal physical activity recommendations for aerobic and strengthening activity. This month the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is challenging everyone to get moving.

Vegetables may help protect elderly women from hardening of neck arteries
Study Highlight: Eating more cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli was associated with less carotid artery wall thickness among elderly women.

Genetic test may improve post-stent treatment, outcome
Study Highlights: A test for specific genetic mutations successfully informed blood-thinner treatment selection following stent placement to open clogged blood vessels, leading to significantly fewer complications. Genetic testing identified patients with specific mutations that render the widely used blood thinner clopidogrel ineffective. Patients with the genetic mutations who received alternative medications were much less likely to die or have a heart attack, stroke or other complications than patients with the mutations who received clopidogrel.

American Heart Association awards $2 million to fund leading heart researchers
Research into how stress affects the brain and how these changes may affect the heart and translational research focused on molecular signaling by the heart both got significant support from the American Heart Association.

Higher blood pressure before pregnancy may increase miscarriage risk
Study Highlights: Higher blood pressure prior to conception may increase the risk of miscarriage, even in women not diagnosed with hypertension. The study involved women who had already experienced at least one pregnancy loss and were trying again. If confirmed, the findings imply that lowering heart disease risk factors in young adulthood may also improve reproductive health.

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.