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A cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest, is the abrupt cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively during systole.

FDA approves Boston Scientific's latest generation of defibrillators and heart failure devices

Boston Scientific Corporation has received FDA approval for its latest generation of defibrillators and heart failure devices designed to advance patient care. The newly approved devices include the DYNAGEN MINI and INOGEN MINI ICDs, as well as the DYNAGEN X4 and INOGEN X4 CRT-Ds. [More]
Boston Scientific to launch of S-ICD System into parts of Asia

Boston Scientific to launch of S-ICD System into parts of Asia

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has expanded the launch of its S-ICD System into parts of Asia. The first implant of the S-ICD System in Asia was performed in Hong Kong by Prof. Hung Fat Tse, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, The University of Hong Kong and Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam, Hong Kong, under the proctorship of Dr. Martin Stiles, Director of Electrophysiology, Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. [More]
Arnold Palmer Hospital cardiologists perform Florida's first pediatric implant of new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest

Arnold Palmer Hospital cardiologists perform Florida's first pediatric implant of new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest

Cardiologists at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children today performed Florida's first pediatric implant of a new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. [More]
Researcher finds simple blood test that predicts person's risk for sudden cardiac death

Researcher finds simple blood test that predicts person's risk for sudden cardiac death

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found that a simple blood test can predict a person's risk for sudden cardiac death, enabling physicians to more quickly and accurately assess a patient's need for an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). [More]

Clonidine increases hypotension and non-fatal cardiac arrest after noncardiac surgery

Clonidine - a drug that reduces blood pressure and heart rate - increased rates of clinically concerning hypotension and non-fatal cardiac arrest after noncardiac surgery, according to the POISE-2 trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Binghamton University receives HEARTSafe Campus accreditation from NCEMSF

Binghamton University receives HEARTSafe Campus accreditation from NCEMSF

Binghamton University was recently awarded a HEARTSafe Campus accreditation from the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation, making Binghamton one of only five colleges and universities in the United States and Canada to achieve the accreditation. [More]
American College of Cardiology honors two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers

American College of Cardiology honors two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute researchers

Two Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute physician-researchers have been named recipients of prestigious awards from the American College of Cardiology. [More]

Study links broken heart syndrome to natural disasters

Dramatic spikes in cases of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also called broken heart syndrome, were found in two states after major natural disasters, suggesting the stress of disasters as a likely trigger, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Marathon training associated with improved risk factors related to cardiovascular disease

Marathon training associated with improved risk factors related to cardiovascular disease

Marathon training is associated with improved risk factors related to cardiovascular disease among middle-aged recreational male runners, suggesting that race preparation may be an effective strategy for reducing heart disease risk, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]

Cardiac arrest during childbirth may be 2 times more common than previously reported

Although cardiac arrest during childbirth is rare, it may be two times more common than previously reported in the literature, suggests the first large U.S. study on the potentially deadly condition published in the April issue of Anesthesiology. [More]

Researchers examine new technique to help patients recover from coma even after several years

Researchers have shown that transcranial direct-current stimulation allows patients in a minimally conscious state to recover cognitive and motor skills. This simple, safe and relatively low-cost technique could offer clinicians a new way to help these patients recover, even several years after their coma. However, the positive effects appear to be temporary at this stage of research. [More]
Therapeutic hypothermia may not be effective in all patients who suffered heart attack, says study

Therapeutic hypothermia may not be effective in all patients who suffered heart attack, says study

Whole body cooling in comatose patients who have suffered a heart attack can limit the damage to brain tissue caused by the restoration of blood flow and oxygen. [More]

New class of drugs developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after heart attack

A researcher at the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals has found that a new class of drugs, originally developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after a heart attack. The findings were published online in advance of print in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]

Tips for performing hands-only CPR for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest

The image you have in your head of CPR is probably some combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. While both may still be needed for children and infants, breaths are no longer necessary for teenagers and adults. According to the American Heart Association, hands-only CPR has been shown to be equally as effective for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. [More]

School Health honors Cardiac Science with prestigious Top Partner of the Year award

Fighting sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in schools has been a business and social imperative for Cardiac Science since the company's founding. The reason is clear: Studies show that one in 50 high schools has had a SCA incident–either student or faculty–on school grounds each year–according to Parent Heart Watch, a CPR/AED Advocacy Group. [More]
Researchers find new way to boost survival of pediatric patients suffering cardiac arrest

Researchers find new way to boost survival of pediatric patients suffering cardiac arrest

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford have found a new way to boost the survival of pediatric patients whose hearts stop while they are hospitalized. [More]
EC grants approval for ABRAXANE in combination with gemcitabine for metastatic pancreatic cancer

EC grants approval for ABRAXANE in combination with gemcitabine for metastatic pancreatic cancer

Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, today announced that the European Commission has granted approval for ABRAXANE (paclitaxel formulated as albumin bound nanoparticles, or nab-paclitaxel) in combination with gemcitabine for first-line treatment of adult patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, or metastatic pancreatic cancer. [More]

Study explores safety and efficacy of scoop and run approach in Philadelphia

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found no significant difference in adjusted overall survival rates between gunshot and stabbing (so-called penetrating trauma injuries) victims in Philadelphia whether they were transported to the emergency department by the police department or the emergency medical services division of the fire department. [More]
Surgeons develop iPad app to capture trauma patient data in low medical resource environment

Surgeons develop iPad app to capture trauma patient data in low medical resource environment

Electronic health records have become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting data on paper, if they are collecting it at all. But now, surgeons from Vancouver, British Columbia, have developed a way for their peers at a Level I trauma center in South Africa to accurately collect and analyze trauma care data via an iPad app. The study is published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
Texas Children's Hospital recognized as first Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas

Texas Children's Hospital recognized as first Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas

Texas Children's Hospital is proud to be named the first Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in Texas by The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The Colloquium made the announcement following nearly a year of work and an in-depth onsite review on Dec. 16. [More]