Sudden Cardiac Arrest

This channel includes news and new technology innovations about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is also called sudden cardiac death (SCD). SCA occured when the heart suddenly ceases all electrical activity needed to keep the heart beating. Read more about the the condition from the Heart Rhythm Society. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people in the U.S. have out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation by administering an electric shock to the heart to restore its rhythm to normal are the only treatments that have been shown to improve survival after a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is fatal in over 80 percent of cases.

Stryker has recalled its LifePak 15 defibrillator-monitor system because it may lock up after delivering a shock to a patient. The defibrillator was originally made by Physio-Control, before being purchased by Stryker.

Stryker has initiated a field action to prevent its LifePak 15 defibrillator-monitor systems from locking up after delivering a shock to a patient. 

Feature | Defibrillator Monitors | February 04, 2019
February 4, 2019 — Stryker announced Feb. 1, the company is launching a voluntary field action on specific units of the...
Feature | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | October 25, 2018
Pre-participation physical evaluations (PPEs) are a standard requirement for many school-aged athletes to participate...
Most professional athletes participate in cardiovascular screening to identify often-asymptomatic heart disorders, but the debate continues on whether to mandate ECGs as part of pre-participation screening for student athletes. Photo courtesy of Play for Patrick.

Most professional athletes participate in cardiovascular screening to identify often-asymptomatic heart disorders, but the debate continues on whether to mandate ECGs as part of pre-participation screening for student athletes. Photo courtesy of Play for Patrick.

Feature | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | October 16, 2018
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading medical cause of death in young athletes and its impact is consistent...
The Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator system was evaluated in the late-breaking VEST Trial presented at ACC 2018 earlier this year. A review article on the results was the No. 1 most viewed article in July and August.

The Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator system was evaluated in the late-breaking VEST Trial presented at ACC 2018 earlier this year. A review article on the results was the No. 1 most viewed article in July and August. 

Feature | September 04, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor
September 4, 2018 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC...
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | August 30, 2018
This is a 360 degree photo inside a Detroit Fire Department ambulance equipped with a new Zoll X Series defibrillator-...
More Patients Survive Sudden Cardiac Arrest With New EMS Technique

UTHealth’s Henry Wang, M.D., displays a newer type of emergency breathing tube that could save thousands of lives. Photo courtesy of Rob Cahill, UTHealth

News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018 — A new study showed a change in the type of breathing tube paramedics use to resuscitate patients with...
100,000 Americans Learn Hands-Only CPR With AHA Training Kiosks
News | Resuscitation Devices | August 21, 2018
August 21, 2018 — More than 100,000 people have been trained in the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR since the...
Thermedical Announces FDA IDE Approval for Clinical Study of Durablate Catheter
News | Ablation Systems | August 02, 2018
August 2, 2018 — Thermedical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its...
The Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator was the subject of the VEST Trial

The Zoll LifeVest wearable defibrillator system was evaluated in the late-breaking VEST Trial presented at ACC 2018 earlier this year.

Feature | Defibrillator Monitors | July 10, 2018 | Michael J. Mirro, M.D.
Following the Vest Prevention of Early Sudden Death Trial (VEST) presentation at the 2018 American College of...
Videos | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | July 05, 2018
Malissa Wood, M.D., co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, explains...
New Tool Predicts Benefits and Risks of Implantable Defibrillator for Heart Failure Patients
News | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | July 02, 2018
July 2, 2018 — University of Washington (UW) Medicine cardiologists have developed a tool to predict which heart...
Wearable Defibrillators Effective for Children With Ventricular Heart Rhythm Disorders
News | Defibrillator Monitors | June 27, 2018
June 27, 2018 — Wearable cardioverter defibrillators may be a safe and effective alternative to surgically implanted...
Sudden cardiac arrest - Exposure to Air Pollution on Cold Days Can Trigger Sudden Cardiac Death in Women. #HRS2018
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | May 16, 2018
May 16, 2018 — A new study shows that women exposed to particular matter (PM) and lower temperatures for even a short...
Physio-Control Launches Newest Version of LUCAS Chest Compression System
Technology | Resuscitation Devices | April 27, 2018
April 27, 2018 — Physio-Control, now part of Stryker, announced its newest version of the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression...
Rice University Students Improve AED Operation With Needle Pad

The automated external defibrillator add-on developed by Rice University students is a pad of needles that break through the skin's natural impedance barrier to deliver an electric shock to the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

News | Defibrillator Monitors | April 16, 2018
April 16, 2018 — The skin presents a formidable barrier to life-saving defibrillators, but a team of students from Rice...