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The AHA recently conducted a major overhaul and redesign of its website. We encourage you to check out the Mission: Lifeline page. Let us know what you think! more...
Posted by Stacia Hickey on Mission:Lifeline Blog Aug 3, 2018 11:52 AM CDT
(CNN) -  When a man had a heart attack while laying sod in his front yard, first responders not only saved him, but they also finished the job for him. Read the full article here . more...
Posted by Stacia Hickey on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jul 11, 2018 2:48 PM CDT
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke, according to a new study of first responders who cleaned up debris at the World Trade Center after 9/11. Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes , the study adds to the growing body of research ... more...
Posted by Stacia Hickey on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jul 11, 2018 9:52 AM CDT
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       The Mission: Lifeline EMS recognition program, launched in 2014, is now in its 5th year of celebrating the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care. On behalf of the American Heart Association, congratulations to all EMS agencies who achieved a ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jun 25, 2018 7:30 PM CDT
American Heart Association Scientific Statement addresses gaps in training that lead to flat survival rates for cardiac arrest victims Statement Highlights: Addresses gaps in resuscitation training that lead to flat survival rates for cardiac arrest victims. Standardized online and in-person courses are falling short and not always ... more...
Posted by Stacia Hickey on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jun 21, 2018 3:14 PM CDT
Alisa's family at 2016 Heart Walk
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Alisa Mari’s husband, Andy, kept her alive with CPR he’d learned a week earlier from a TV show. From left, at the 2016 Heart Walk in Baton Rouge: Darlene Geddes, Andy, Alisa, Jennifer Culotta, Jimmy Geddes and Destinie Simmons with daughter Laila. (Photo courtesy of Alisa Mari) The night before leaving on a cruise, ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jun 8, 2018 10:25 AM CDT
Tina & Jeff with Emergency First Responders who saved Tina's life
The gripping scene was recorded on a camera in the lifesaving officer's squad car by   Nancy Brown , CEO of the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization fighting cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.     Screenshot from dashcam video released by Blanchard, Oklahoma, Police Department Tina Costello ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jun 7, 2018 10:49 AM CDT
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Man in hospital bed - “The EMS workers said sticks and stones broke my bones, but it’s the words that really hurt me.”   more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 25, 2018 8:51 AM CDT
Cardiac arrest survivor and her paramedic
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Heidi Stewart with paramedic David Crabtree on the day she finally found him. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Stewart) When Heidi Stewart’s heart stopped at age 18 in her high school in Vancouver, Washington, quick-acting school administrators and teachers jumped into action, starting CPR. Taking turns, the principal ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 24, 2018 9:34 AM CDT
Andra Day
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s EMS Week, and recently a group of musicians, actors and music producers recognized first responders for the lives they save each day.   One of Andra Day’s most rousing songs is “Stand for Something.” One of the things she stands for is first responders. Country music stars Coy Bowles, Jimmy de Martini and John ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 23, 2018 9:46 AM CDT
Thank You EMS Crews
In celebration of EMS Week 2018, AHA invited some special guests to express their appreciation for the heroic work of these professionals. Please express YOUR attitude of gratitude for first responders by sharing this video with family, friends and on social media. Thank you EMS heroes! #EMSstrong       more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog May 21, 2018 11:13 AM CDT
Stories from the Heart
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lee Matzeder’s heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn’t from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship. The 55-year-old elementary school physical ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Mar 20, 2018 11:23 AM CDT
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As a valuable partner in our mission for cardiovascular quality improvement we want to thank you for participating in the Get With the Guidelines© Coronary Artery Disease program (GWTG-CAD). As your partner in this important work, we want to ensure that your hospital experiences all the benefits and functionalities that the GWTG-CAD program has to ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Mar 15, 2018 10:09 AM CDT
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                                                                              Get With The Guidelines© Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) is the American Heart Association's premier AMI registry. An online, interactive assessment and reporting system, powered by IQVIA, formerly Quintiles Real World & Late Phase Research, tracks both hospital level and regional level STEMI ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Mar 12, 2018 9:39 PM CDT
Flu Diagnosis
By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The flu may trigger heart attacks, according to a  recent study . The  research  was the first time a study looked at laboratory tests and showed a conclusive link. The Canadian study found a six-fold increase in heart attacks shortly after people were diagnosed. Researchers looked at 19,729 adult cases of ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Feb 27, 2018 10:00 PM CST
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By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A person who suffers a cardiac arrest in public has more than twice the chance of surviving if a bystander steps in to restart the heart with an automated external defibrillator before an emergency crew arrives at the scene, a new study has found. Heidi Stewart is living proof of that finding. Stewart was an 18-year-old ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Feb 27, 2018 8:57 PM CST
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MISSION: LIFELINE ® EMS 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition   In case you missed it on January 18, the recording for the 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition webinar is now available for viewing. Guest presenter Travis Spier, Director of Simulation and Center for Pre-Hospital Care at Sanford Health, reviewed the 2018 recognition application ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jan 5, 2018 11:24 AM CST
apply now
  The 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition program application is now live! The Mission: Lifeline® EMS Recognition program is in its 5th year of celebrating the achievement of the pre-hospital providers and their collaboration with each other and destination hospitals specific to STEMI patient care. Through our STEMI Systems of Care work, it has ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Jan 5, 2018 11:01 AM CST
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PLEASE JOIN US FOR A LIVE PREVIEW OF THE NEW IRP PLATFORM FOR                   Get With The Guidelines® Coronary Artery Disease                      Tuesday, December 19, 2017                    1:00pm - 2:00pm EST   December 19, 2017 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST Get With The Guidelines - Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) is a disease registry ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Dec 11, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Mission: Lifeline
It All Started With STEMI Now look at us 10 years later by Melissa Gatchel-North (originally published on www.heart.org) Good ideas often spark other good ideas. While the champions of Mission: Lifeline originally focused on developing a better system of care to treat patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), they knew ... more...
Posted by Jordan Todd on Mission:Lifeline Blog Nov 15, 2017 10:27 AM CST