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.

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...
Videos | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | March 14, 2018
The Zoll LifeVest is a temporary, wearable defibrillator designed as a safety net for patients, especially those being...
Wearable Defibrillator Cuts Overall Mortality, But Not Sudden Deaths After Heart Attack

Jeffrey Olgin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Division of Cardiology, UCSF

On behalf of VEST investigators 

News | ACC | March 13, 2018
March 13, 2018 –  Wearing a lightweight vest equipped with a cardioverter defibrillator that detects abnormal heart...
News | Patient Monitors | March 09, 2018
March 9, 2018 — Philips recently announced the integration of its IntelliVue Guardian with automated Early Warning...
Videos | February 22, 2018
This video details the first use of a new protocol at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center to start sudden...
New Protocol Gives Patients Fighting Chance to Survive Cardiac Arrest
News | ECMO Systems | February 22, 2018
February 22, 2018 — When someone goes into cardiac arrest and first responders cannot shock their heart back into...
Philips Recalls HeartStart MRx Defibrillator for Defect that May Cause Device Failure.
News | February 12, 2018
February 12, 2018 — Philips is recalling the HeartStart MRx Defibrillator due to a defect in the device's Gas Discharge...
Feature | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | January 31, 2018
January 31, 2018 — Overall survival has improved for the about 200,000 patients experiencing in-hospital cardiac arrest...
FDA Issues Safety Communication on Zoll LifeVest 4000 Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator
News | Wearables | January 22, 2018
January 22, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week it is providing information and...
Zoll and Myant Enter Strategic Research and Development Collaboration
News | Wearables | December 28, 2017
December 28, 2017 — Zoll Medical Corp. and Myant, Inc., a high-tech advanced manufacturing company, announced they have...
ECG Study of NBA Players Shows Need for Sport-Specific Normative Data and Guidelines
News | ECG | December 08, 2017
December 8, 2017 — Cardiologists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center compared...
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Seven Times Higher Among Younger Diabetics. Zoll
News | November 25, 2017
November 25, 2017 — Children and young adults with diabetes may be seven times more likely to die from sudden cardiac...
Societies Detail Treatment for Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias
News | EP Lab | October 30, 2017
October 30, 2017 — The American College of Cardiology, along with the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm...
MRI May Predict Neurological Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest Survivors
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | October 18, 2017
October 18, 2017 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can...
Zoll Canada Equipping Province of Québec Paramedic Services with X Series Monitor/Defibrillators
News | Defibrillator Monitors | October 16, 2017
October 16, 2017 — Zoll Canada, a subsidiary of Zoll Medical Corp., announced it has won the tender to equip all...