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  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: Training the Next Generation of Lifesavers, One Student at a Time

    The following excerpt is from a blog post by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and AHA volunteer Tommy Watson, published on The Huffington Post's The Blog on September 3rd. It is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely...
  • Blog Post: The Lone Star State Steps Up for Hearts

    More progress has been made to create the next generation of lifesavers, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation making the Lone Star State the 11th– and the largest – to make CPR education a requirement to graduate high school. The law goes into effect for the Class of 2015. This...
  • Blog Post: AHA Supports Teaching Children to Save Lives Act

    Washington, D.C., June 11, 2013 — Representative Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act of 2013 . If passed, this legislation would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies and schools to implement nationally recognized...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in North Carolina!

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of AHA volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 837 into law on July 26, 2012. The law requires all students to be trained in CPR before graduating from high school, helping to train our next generation...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Vermont!

    Hard work pays off. After 6 months of lobbying lawmakers in Vermont, 8 th grader Tommy Watson and many other AHA volunteers were successful in having Governor Shumlin sign a bill to include CPR and AED instruction in health education courses. By including both “hands-only” and AED components...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Minnesota!

    On April 23, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law that will ensure that everyone who graduates from high school will be trained in hands-only CPR. With this bill, Minnesota students between grades 7 and 12 will receive hands-only CPR training at least once before they graduate. The training can...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Tennessee!

    Aimed to prepare more Tennesseans to respond in emergency instances of sudden cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association urged the Tennessee General Assembly to add hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the high school lifetime wellness school curriculum that already existed in...
  • Blog Post: Are you CPR Smart?

    When Derek, a high school senior, learned CPR at school, he didn’t think he’d have a chance to use it so soon, and he certainly didn’t think he’d get that chance while shopping for his prom tux. But shortly after he was trained in CPR, as one of his graduation requirements , he...
  • Blog Post: 14 Year-Old Advocates of CPR Graduation Requirement

    It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can make a difference. Ask 14 year old Tommy Watson. He recently traveled to the Vermont state capital to advocate for a law to require CPR as a graduation requirement. This bill has the support of the American Heart Association and would require all students...