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SCA survivors: Do you suffer from worry and anxiety?

Do you have a history of cardiac arrest? Do you struggle with worry and anxiety? Consider participating in an online study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of an app-based (smartphone delivered) program for worry and anxiety among individuals who have experienced an acute cardiac event. All study activities take place online, so individuals… Read More

Psychological distress after sudden cardiac arrest and its impact on recovery

Sachin Agarwal, MD, MPH, and colleagues at Columbia University have investigated the prevalence, correlates, and health consequences of poor mental health in the increasingly sizable population of sudden cardiac arrest survivors.  Their research has been published in Current Cardiology Reports as part of a collection on Psychological Aspects of… Read More

Yale-developed technology restores cell, organ function in pigs after death

Within minutes of the final heartbeat, a cascade of biochemical events triggered by a lack of blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients begins to destroy a body’s cells and organs. But a team of Yale scientists has found that massive and permanent cellular failure doesn’t have to happen so quickly. Using a new technology the team developed that delivers… Read More

Element Science announces first patient save with Jewel Patch wearable cardioverter defibrillator

SAN FRANCISCO--Element Science, an innovative health technology company pioneering a next-generation digital wearable platform for high-risk cardiovascular patients transitioning from hospital to home, today announced the first patient save from a successful defibrillation early in the enrollment of the Investigational Device Exception (IDE) Study… Read More

Shortage of AEDs and other medical devices a potentially life-threatening issue for patients, says GlobalData

The recent news that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) including wearable and nonwearable versions, chest drains/ suction canisters and autotransfusion systems have been added to the list of medical devices in short supply by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 20, 2022, is a very real and potentially life-threatening issue for… Read More

Scientists to rewrite DNA to cure killer heart diseases 

British Heart Foundation to award £30m in “defining moment” for cardiovascular medicine An injectable cure for inherited heart muscle conditions that can kill young people in the prime of their lives could be available within a few years, after an international team of researchers were announced as the winners of the British Heart Foundation’s… Read More

Main Line Health, Mayo researchers find natural product may prevent sudden cardiac death from rare inherited syndromes

In 2020, a team of cardiovascular experts from the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), part of Main Line Health, used experimental models to discover that a natural product found in plants including safflower holds promise for treating a pair of hereditary sudden cardiac death syndromes.  Now, collaborators from LIMR and Mayo Clinic … Read More

Accessible defibrillators in schools could treat two thirds of out of hospital cardiac arrests

A study from the University of Warwick has found that school-based defibrillators (AEDs) that are accessible outside of school hours could be effective in treating over two thirds of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCAs) within five minutes. Over half of schools responding to a survey in the West Midlands have a defibrillator (AED), but the… Read More

Defibrillators added to FDA’s list of device shortages

The AED supply disruption reflects both surging demand and problems sourcing a component, part or accessory. The FDA has added automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to its list of medical devices in short supply. AEDs — including wearable and nonwearable versions of the devices — are expected to be in limited supply for at least the rest of… Read More

Adrenaline shot can save lives after heart stops, but at a heavy price

An adrenaline shot can restart your heart if it suddenly stops beating, but a new trial shows that chances are you might not return to much of a life if you survive. People who suffered cardiac arrest and were resuscitated with adrenaline had an almost doubled risk of severe brain damage, researchers found. "We found adrenaline does not increase… Read More