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The term sudden cardiac death refers to natural death from cardiac causes, heralded by abrupt loss of consciousness within one hour of the onset of acute symptoms.
Study: Tbx5 protein contributes to formation of epicardium, pericardium, coronary vessels

Study: Tbx5 protein contributes to formation of epicardium, pericardium, coronary vessels

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect, affecting 8 out of every 1,000 newborns according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. In the U.S., more than 35,000 babies are born annually with some sort of heart defect. [More]
U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). [More]
CVRx Barostim neo System receives CE Mark approval from NSAI for treatment of heart failure

CVRx Barostim neo System receives CE Mark approval from NSAI for treatment of heart failure

CVRx, Inc., a private medical device company, announced today it received CE Mark approval from the National Standards Authority of Ireland of the Barostim neo System for the treatment of heart failure. [More]
Measuring levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Measuring levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Measuring the levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify patients likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disorder that is fatal in 95 percent of patients. [More]
Novel document on ventricular arrhythmias published in EP Europace

Novel document on ventricular arrhythmias published in EP Europace

The first expert consensus on ventricular arrhythmias is published today. The novel document compiles current evidence on the diagnosis and management of ventricular arrhythmias and was agreed by international experts from three continents. [More]
ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of aortic diseases published in European Heart Journal

The first comprehensive ESC Guidelines on aortic diseases are published today. They are presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Task Force Chairpersons Professor Raimund Erbel (Germany) and Professor Victor Aboyans (France). [More]
Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

The first multidisciplinary recommendations on the management of arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are published today in EP Europace. [More]
Study sheds new light on how carbon monoxide could help protect hearts against arrhythmias

Study sheds new light on how carbon monoxide could help protect hearts against arrhythmias

A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council, has shed new light on how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack. [More]
Doctors offer new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart

Doctors offer new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart

Doctors at the Orlando Health Heart Institute are offering a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered to be at high risk to undergo surgery. Orlando Health is the only hospital in Orlando currently offering the Medtronic CoreValve® System. [More]
Preventive placement of ICDs improves survival in patients with less severe heart failure

Preventive placement of ICDs improves survival in patients with less severe heart failure

An examination of the benefit of preventive placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in patients with a less severe level of heart failure, a group not well represented in clinical trials, finds significantly better survival at three years than that of similar patients with no ICD, according to a study in the June 4 issue of JAMA. [More]
Study uncovers new information on genes that may increase risk of cardiac arrhythmias

Study uncovers new information on genes that may increase risk of cardiac arrhythmias

Two international research studies, both led by investigators affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, have uncovered new information about genes that may increase the risk of serious cardiac arrhythmias. [More]

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators improve survival among heart failure patients

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute. [More]
Genetic variant linked to sudden cardiac death leads to protein overproduction in heart cells

Genetic variant linked to sudden cardiac death leads to protein overproduction in heart cells

A genetic variant linked to sudden cardiac death leads to protein overproduction in heart cells, Johns Hopkins scientists report. Unlike many known disease-linked variants, this one lies not in a gene but in so-called noncoding DNA, a growing focus of disease research. [More]
Loyola offers new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death

Loyola offers new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death

Loyola University Medical Center has begun offering patients a new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death with an electric shock to the heart. [More]
Penn study clarifies action of potential new class of pain relievers that may benefit and not hurt heart

Penn study clarifies action of potential new class of pain relievers that may benefit and not hurt heart

Nonsteroidal antinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block an enzyme called COX-2 relieve pain and inflammation but can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death. [More]
FDA approves Boston Scientific's latest generation of defibrillators and heart failure devices

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]
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]
Takeda to present results from global EXAMINE CV safety outcomes trial at ACC 2014

Takeda to present results from global EXAMINE CV safety outcomes trial at ACC 2014

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited will present sub-analyses from the global EXAMINE (EXamination of CArdiovascular OutcoMes: AlogliptIN vs. Standard of CarE in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Acute Coronary Syndrome) cardiovascular (CV) safety outcomes trial in a poster session at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC. [More]
ZS Pharma starts patient enrollment in ZS-9 Phase 3 trial for treatment of hyperkalemia

ZS Pharma starts patient enrollment in ZS-9 Phase 3 trial for treatment of hyperkalemia

ZS Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for kidney, cardiovascular and liver disorders, today announced that it has begun enrolling patients in ZS004, its second Phase 3 clinical trial of ZS-9, a novel investigational treatment for hyperkalemia. [More]