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Excess Weight Doesn't Serve as a Cushion in a Car Crash

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

"I know plenty of people that weigh more than me, and they don't have any health problems. I might be fat, but I'm doing fine." This is a refrain I h...

AEDs Save Lives But AEDs in Hiding Are Rendered Useless

Mary M. Newman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

As we continue to build our crowd-sourced and mobile-enhanced way of life in the United States, we must develop new and innovative ways to get lifesaving equipment to emergencies quickly and safely. We must work to ensure that lifesaving AEDs are readily available, 24/7, whenever sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurs. AEDs save lives, but AEDs in hiding are rendered useless.

Electric Shock Injuries in Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Electrical injuries are very dangerous, and when it comes to dogs, are most often seen in youngsters and habitual chewers. As terrifying as it is to ...

Heart Attack vs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Understanding the Difference

Mary M. Newman | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

You can save a life by learning to recognize these conditions and being prepared to take appropriate action.

Commit to Saving a Life -- It Only Takes One Minute

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 10.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

The CPR you learn today could save the life of someone you love tomorrow. Please do all you can to help create more life savers so there are more lives saved.

So Identical, Both Their Lives Were Saved by CPR

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

At age 27, each could pass for the other. They are 5-foot-10, about 170 pounds, with dark hair and easy smiles. There are no scars or other giveaways to help tell them apart. Then there's the most important shared trait of all. Both their lives were saved by CPR.

App Saves Lives By Connecting People With CPR Training To Cardiac Arrest Victims

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.10.2015 | Technology

Some of the most powerful applications of technology involve connecting people to one another at the right time, not in real time. When a good id...

Let's Train a New Generation of Lifesavers

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 10.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

As a cardiologist and physician-scientist, and former President of the American Heart Association and World Heart Federation, I have dedicated my life to promoting cardiovascular health and wellness for youth. Health education and basic lifesaving training are important ways to invest in their future health and well-being, and to make our communities safer.

First Responder Pens Emotional Letter After Florida Student's Death

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.02.2015 | College

When 18-year-old Michael Namey, a freshman at the University of Central Florida, had a seizure while attending a precalculus class on Monday, fellow s...

A Gentle Last Gesture

Laura Fitzpatrick | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Fitzpatrick

I wish we hadn't had to resuscitate her, that she could have gone to the grave with her ribs intact. This patient's life was over, my career just beginning, and I hope I never forget that sometimes death unimpeded is a blessing.

Richmond Schools Not Waiting to Train Lifesavers

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

With the 2015-16 school year now underway, it's exciting to note the growth of our push to make CPR instruction part of the high school curriculum across the nation. In other words, we want every state to have their version of "Gwyneth's Law," an effort that's been going on for many years.

Brianna Is No Typical College Freshman

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Her new friends will learn about the heart condition that began slowing her at age 7. How it nearly killed her one night when she was 13. How her quality of life might've been ruined that same night if not for her mom dusting off the CPR training she received as a teen.

More People Are Stepping Up To Perform CPR, And It's Saving Lives

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Andrew M. Seaman(Reuters Health) - More people are stepping up to the plate when they see others suffer cardiac arrest, according to two new studi...

Advance Health Care Planning Part 2: Why Filling Out Your Forms Is Not Enough

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

In part one of this blog (, I discussed why every mentally-com...

Latinos Live Familismo

American Heart Association | Posted 07.17.2015 | Latino Voices
American Heart Association

Our cultures of origin -- Mexican, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Cuban, Colombian or other Spanish-speaking countries -- are rooted in family, in connecting, helping each other become the best we can be, putting our children first and supporting each other through good times and bad.

Here's What To Do If Someone Is Drowning

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Spending a lot of time at the pool lately? You should probably get your drowning facts down. Between 1999 and 2010, over 46,000 people died from down...

Working to Turn China Into a Nation of Lifesavers

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Tang Ziren is an emergency physician at Chao-Yang Hospital in Beijing, a large facility that's been rated among the best in all of China in a survey b...

An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Saved a Little Boy

Amy Zellmer | Posted 07.06.2015 | Good News
Amy Zellmer

I know it's your "job" but it's also your worse fear. No one can ever have enough training to prepare you for what this moment will actually feel like, but because of you, this little boy is home playing with his family today.

Teen Delivering Pizza Saves Choking Man, Goes From 'Pizza Boy' To 'Pizza Man'

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News

This pizza delivery boy ended up serving a slice of heroism while on the job. Anson Lemmer, a 19-year-old from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was on h...

National CPR-AED Awareness Week: 7 Things You Should Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Mary M. Newman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Mary M. Newman

During this week alone, about 6,250 unsuspecting victims will suffer SCA, most of them (70 percent) at home. Their hearts will unexpectedly stop beating and blood will no longer flow to the brain and throughout the body.

This Guy-Gal Running Duo Bonded Over a Death -- His

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

A few days after the 2011 Bay to Breakers, her direct line at the hospital rang. "Do you remember that guy at the Bay to Breakers who died at the finish line?" a man said. "That was me." Stunned doesn't even begin to describe her reaction.

Seat Cushion to Float, Really?

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
Phyllis Sudman

For Memorial Day, my family and I flew from Philadelphia to Tampa. I fly a lot for work so I am used to the experience. However, my children, who are eight and twelve, always have questions.

Learn to Save a Life in One Minute

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

Hands-Only CPR keeps blood pumping through the heart when the heart isn't effectively pumping blood throughout the body and brain on its own. It can help revived the heart and lungs and potentially prevent severe brain damage or death.

Elise Foley

Man Meets Capitol Police Officer Who Saved His Life | Elise Foley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last time they met, Capitol Police Officer Nicholas Simons performed CPR on Gary Langston after he suffered cardiac arrest outside a...

Doctors: Your Advice Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

Dear Doctors, Last year on Mother's Day, I contacted one of your colleagues by leaving a message with an answering service that I had bad heartburn. ...