Tag Archives: Cardiac arrest

Preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest

In the second part of our series on the difference between heart attacks and sudden cardiac arrest, leading heart rhythm specialist Dr. Richard Page from the University of Wisconsin discusses the heart problem that claims one life every two minutes—and it’s not a heart attack. ... More

Neighborhood Heart Watch: Remembering Maggie

Pat O’Malley never thought her athletic 17-year-old daughter would die from sudden cardiac arrest. In fact, she didn’t recognize that Maggie’s life was in danger one night when she found her unresponsive, unconscious, and apparently gasping for breath. Minutes passed before CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was performed. Pat later learned that gasping, also called agonal breathing, […] ... More

The Future of Medicine is Now

The inventor tinkering in a garage and coming up with a better mousetrap is a cherished American image. These days, that tinkering is likely to take place at a sophisticated computer or high-powered microscope. But no matter how they do their work, scientists continue to come up with ingenious and useful advances. Here are a […] ... More
Question (and Answer) About Extra Heartbeats

Question (and Answer) About Extra Heartbeats

Q: I am an 83-year-old great-grandmother and was diagnosed with benign premature ventricular contractions 40 years ago. I’ve been asymptomatic all these years. My question is this: Have you encountered this particular arrhythmia in your study of electrophysiology? A: Leading cardiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: Premature ventricular contractions are extra heartbeats coming from the bottom […] ... More