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.
In March of 2001 a specially modified Philips HDI 5000 ultrasound system was installed on the International Space Station's Human Research Facility. It is being used to monitor the astronauts' health and to conduct experiments. Pictured: Expedition 5 Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson. (Photo courtesy of NASA)