Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA) - replacing VF/VT

As VF/VT rates continue to decrease in cardiac arrest to levels below 25%, the importance of understanding the pathways and epidemiology of PEA gains public health importance. Additionally, there is a need to determine the co-morbidities and/or pharmacologic agents that contribute to the causation of this rhythm.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

Greater understanding of PEA would lead to better treatment (good CPR only treatment currently) and higher survival rate in CA

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

How will be treat the majority of cardiac arrest when it becomes PEA?

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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