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Predicting How Long You Can Live in Good Health

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS--There are plenty of online cardiovascular risk calculators. But which one is best for you?

CPR Working Group, Dissolving After Years of Advancing CPR Quality, Provides Grant to Support Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

PITTSBURGH, PA--In 2008, Laerdal Medical, Philips Healthcare and ZOLL Medical Corporation formed a CPR Improvement Working Group to improve CPR quality. Each company contributed substantial financial resources to support efforts in this area and the Working Group used these funds to make grants to support this goal across many activities. The Working Group had many successes, including making recommendations for measuring CPR quality in training and clinical situations, for reviewing CPR performance, and for post-event debriefing. A number of articles were published in the popular media and many experts were funded. The companies recently agreed the Working Group’s objectives have been achieved and the activities have been extraordinarily successful.

More than $14 million Awarded for New Research on Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Washington and Vanderbilt University Medical Center leading novel studies in newest American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network Research center teams will develop, test and implement innovative new ways to help prevent and treat heart arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.
  • New treatments in the works include a drug delivered by nasal spray or injection that can be used during CPR to help protect the brain and a drug that can normalize calcium in heart cells to prevent a deadly arrhythmia
  • The roles of genetics and gender will also be explored with the goal of helping to better identify and treat people most at risk for arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Additional plans are to design processes to improve the response time for CPR and defibrillation and develop tools to help clinician

New E-Tattoo Enables Accurate, Uninterrupted Heart Monitoring for Days

AUSTIN, TX--The leading cause of death in Texas is heart disease, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, accounting for more than 45,000 deaths statewide in 2017. A new wearable technology made from stretchy, lightweight material could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines — a technology that has changed little in almost a century.

Developed by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin and led by Nanshu Lu in the Cockrell School of Engineering, this is the latest incarnation of Lu’s electronic tattoo technology, a graphene-based wearable device that can be placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.

Philips Receives FDA Premarket Approval for its HeartStart OnSite and HeartStart Home Defibrillators

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s premarket approval (PMA) application for its HeartStart OnSite defibrillator [1] and HeartStart Home defibrillator [2], and the relevant supporting accessories, such as batteries and pad electrodes.

Philips’ HeartStart OnSite and HeartStart Home defibrillators are the only over-the-counter automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available to consumers in the US, while the HeartStart Home defibrillator is the only AED specifically indicated for home environments.

Cardiac Arrest Detection Developed for Smart Speakers

'Alexa, monitor my heart.'  Researchers design artificial-intelligence system to recognize ominous gasps for air.

Almost 500,000 Americans die each year from cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly stops beating.

Health Data Collaboration Will Improve Outcomes for Medical Emergencies

American Heart Association and RapidSOS to connect first responders and 9-1-1 telecommunicators with life-saving medical information

NEW YORK, NY--Too often life-saving medical data isn’t available to first responders during emergencies. A new collaboration between the American Heart Association, and emergency technology company, RapidSOS, will help solve this issue by teaming up to promote a voluntary registry for citizens to share data with 911 and first responders. People can provide opt-in profile information and individual health data, personalizing care and positively transforming emergency outcomes. 

Fun in the Water Can Turn Tragic in an Instant, Especially for Children

Nicole and Jonathan Hughes, a teacher and a physician with three young children, were acutely aware of the dangers of swimming pools and lakes. From fenced-off pools to life jackets to constant supervision, they did everything right.

Tragedy struck anyway.

Last June, as the family was about to head to an Alabama beach for an evening crab hunt, 3-year-old Levi somehow slipped out of their vacation house and found his way to the pool. In what seemed like an instant he was face down in the water, and couldn't be revived.

Blackline Safety Responds in Seconds, Saves Lone Worker's Life

Worker's G7c connected safety wearable connects him to Blackline's Safety Operations Center after he suffers cardiac arrest, enabling SOC to dispatch emergency services

ZOLL Signs Definitive Agreement to Purchase Cardiac Science

CHELMSFORD, MA-- ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Cardiac Science Corporation (CSC), a leading provider of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), related services, and accessories. CSC is a portfolio company of Aurora Resurgence, a Los Angeles-based private equity investment firm.

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