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.

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Examples of how the computer model would classify one patient at high risk for heart arrhythmia and another at low risk. Image courtesy of Royc Faddis/Johns Hopkins University.

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016 — An interdisciplinary Johns Hopkins University team has developed a non-invasive 3-D virtual heart...
cardiac arrest, out-of-hospital, antiarrhythmic drugs, New England Journal of Medicine Study, ACC.16
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | April 19, 2016
April 19, 2016 — Researchers have confirmed that certain heart rhythm medications, when given by paramedics to patients...
NBA basketball players, cardiac risk, sudden cardiac death, NewYork Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center study, CUMC
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | March 21, 2016
March 21, 2016 — Researchers from NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have authored a study...
cardiac arrest, survival rates, high-rise buildings, Canada, AEDs
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | February 22, 2016
February 22, 2016 — A new study found that survival rates from cardiac arrest decrease the higher up in a high-rise...
zoll lifevest
Technology | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | December 22, 2015
December 22, 2015 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Zoll LifeVest Wearable Cardioverter...
in-hospital cardiac arrest, IHCA, survival, nurse staffing, Medical Care
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015 — Patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) have low survival rates—but why do some hospitals...
University Hospitals, Emblem S-ICD System, sudden cardiac arrest, SCA patients
News | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | December 08, 2015
December 8, 2015 — At Ahuja Medical Center, University Hospitals (UH) cardiologists recently implanted the Boston...
PulsePoint Respond app, new CPR guidelines, sudden cardiac arrest, social media
Feature | Mobile Devices | October 21, 2015
October 21, 2015 — For the first time, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines issued by the American Heart...
Medtronic, Evera, ICD, MR-conditional, MRI, FDA approval
Technology | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | September 14, 2015
September 14, 2015 — Medtronic received the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an implantable...
News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | September 14, 2015
September 14, 2015 — Healthcare providers can assess a patient’s risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) following a...
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News | Sudden Cardiac Arrest | August 31, 2015
August 31, 2015 — Medtronic plc announced first-of-its-kind findings from two independent studies that have identified...
Boston Scientific, Emblem, S-ICD, UNTOUCHED study, TV-ICDs, MADIT-RIT study
Feature | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | July 02, 2015
July 2, 2015 - Boston Scientific has initiated a worldwide study to evaluate the rate and causes of shocks for patients...
defibrillators, older heart patients, Duke Medicine study, Tracy Wang
Feature | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | June 23, 2015
June 23, 2015 - Heart attack patients age 65 and older who have reduced heart function might still benefit from...
therapeutic hypothermia, children, cardiac arrest, treatment, temperature
Feature | May 04, 2015
May 4, 2015 — A large-scale, multicenter study has shown that therapeutic hypothermia does not improve survival rates...
ResQCPR System, resuscitation devices, cardiac arrest, CPR, FDA
Technology | March 09, 2015
March 9, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zoll's ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for...