21 03, 2017

An Interview with AHA Instructor Sherrie Wilson: Dallas Fire Department’s First Female Firefighter

By |March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What inspired you to become a CPR, First Aid and AED Instructor? I started out 36 years ago as a paramedic inside a firefighting unit, teaching my colleagues CPR in order Sherrie Wilson, paramedic and firefighter, has been instructing students in CPR for 36 years. to keep credentials current. One day, a firefighter asked me to help him [...]

16 12, 2016

One Goal: Saving Lives

By |December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|4 Comments

This blog was written by Mary Rasmussen, AHA Vice President, CPR & First Aid, Field Operations.  Although my current work is rewarding, there are times I miss my old jobs in the AHA affiliates. On any Mary Rasmussen joins her hands together in appreciation of AHA volunteers and Training Centers. given day I’d meet survivors and volunteers, and [...]

21 11, 2016

Giving Thanks at the American Heart Association

By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|9 Comments

In advance of Thanksgiving, the following post was written by Brian Eigel, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of ECC for ECC staff. We invite you to respond in the comments section with your thoughts on what you are thankful for this season.   On Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving - a time when we reflect back on our year, consider the good that [...]

16 11, 2016

My Take: Translating Science Into Survival

By |November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

When paramedic and AHA staffer Russell Griffin looks at translating science into survival, he sees strides but know we’re only part way through the journey. Here, he tells it in his own words: AHA staffer Russell Griffin keeps his skills current as a CareFlite paramedic. My interest in pre-hospital systems is directly influenced by my background. I started [...]

19 10, 2016

Making a difference in the lives of pediatric stroke survivors

By |October 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|5 Comments

By Michelle Ballasiotes. Michelle is a pediatric stroke survivor. She can be reached through her Facebook group, Youth Advocates for Pediatric Stroke, as well as the the KISS Pediatric Stroke Facebook group. There seems to be a lot of resources and information for adults who suffer strokes, but what about children? Most people don’t realize that a stroke can also [...]

28 09, 2016

Power Your Life by Loving Your Heart

By |September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|3 Comments

This blog was written by Michael Hulley of the American Heart Association. It’s been two years since an artery spasm sent me to the emergency department at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Dallas. I’d been on the road for 16 days and was sitting in a meeting at the office, which just happens to be the American Heart [...]

16 08, 2016

Teen’s heart stops in New York City train station

By |August 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

In case you missed it in last week's American Heart Association News: a great CPR story illustrating the chain of survival in one of New York City's busiest commuter and tourist locations. ______________ Three years before musician and actress Ilisa Juried appeared on The CW’s reality show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, her heart stopped in New York City’s Grand Central [...]

15 07, 2016

Three New Journal Articles Stress Preventative Strategies To Improve CVD Outcomes

By |July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Occasionally our research team will flag recently published works that it feels are important to advance. This post reviews three such articles that review emergency heart and stroke care and outcomes based on lifetime risk, sex-based disparities, and digital preventative strategies. The study, Men may face high lifetime risk of sudden cardiac death, offers the first lifetime risk estimate for [...]

1 07, 2016

Actor, director of CPR training video share personal connections to heart health

By |July 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recently, ECC produced a new Hands-Only CPR training video. In it, two siblings grapple with the suggestions of their lovingly overbearing mother. But when practicing Hands-Only CPR, it’s the kids who end up teaching the mom. The story behind the actors is a fascinating one. When taking on roles, actors often ask themselves, “What’s my motivation?” For those who [...]

15 05, 2016

Calm in chaos: Emergency responders at work

By |May 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

An 18-year-old Danielle DeVito, a paramedic and AHA volunteer, was inspired to join this profession when she was on a city bus going to visit a friend and witnessed an accident. Two female responders got out of an ambulance to help the person, who almost died. It was the first time she had observed a professional responder in action – [...]