Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Paradigm shift in cardiac arrest rhythm and resuscitation

What resuscitation strategies targeted toward pulseless electrical activity (PEA)/asystole would be successful in preventing cardiac arrest (CA)? Furthermore, what are animal models of PEA/asystole, what is responsible of this major shift in the underlying rhythm of CA, and what is the phenotype?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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There is a critical need to address continuous shift in the primary rhythm of CA from VT/VF to PEA/asystole with new strategies to improve survival.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Data from major registries, such as ROC, CARES and other provide the needed population base and platform to analyze existing strategies, explore and develop and test new resuscitation strategies.

With the continuous decline in VT/VF proportion as the primary rhythm leading to cardiac arrest (CA), pulseless electrical activity (PEA) and asystole have become the dominant rhythms in CA. In early 70's VT/VF constituted more than half of the CA, which currently is ~ 28%. Major effort and defibrilation and resuscitation strategies have been successfully targeted toward VT/VF. The survival of PEA/asystole is dismal.

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Does non-invasive ventilation (Bi-Pap) improve quality of life and muscle health in FSHD patients

What is the difference in quality of life and functioning in adult facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy patients who are on non-invasive ventilation Bi-Pap versus age matched FSHD patients not on ventilation in a long term longitudinal study?

Submitted by (@daniel.perez)

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

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There is an unmet need for the NHLBI to foster basic, preclinical and clinical research on the pulmonary consequences of respiratory insufficiency, and specifically with hypercarbic (high CO2) respiratory insufficiency, in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and other adult muscular dystrophies.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

The adult muscular dystrophies have received insufficient attention, both from research and clinical practice perspectives. As with cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia, currently little data is available as to how to best measure/monitor, and when and how to intervene in, the respiratory complications of the adult muscular dystrophies (FSHD, DM, LGMD) using respiratory therapy, non-invasive ventilation (bi-Pap, Trilogy) or ventilation. The absence of home-based sleep studies and technologies to easily assess hypercapnia are identified as a significant gap in knowledge. Additionally, since the cardiac and pulmonary hypercarbic respiratory insufficiency complications are inextricably linked, studies of the interrelationship between cardiac and pulmonary consequences of the muscular dystrophies (congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension) are needed, and interdisciplinary teams of researchers may be best equipped to conduct them.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : FSH Society

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Coordination for Cardiac Care: Centalized database and joint sessions

Most senior citizens see a number of doctors. Mostly, coordination among the physicians is limited. Less than perfect to say the least.

Why all the physicians taking care of a patient don't maintain a common central database as well as meet with the patient together- say once a year.

Submitted by (@abasit88)

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Better coordination of the physicians and joint sessions with the patient will reduce the duplicity of scans and test. Collaborative approach will lead to more reliable outcomes for the patient and cut the cost of treatment

It will also reduce the incidences of duplicate and contradicting records maintained in the healthcare system.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Addressing the question of improved coordination among physicians treating a patient is not only feasible and cost effective but it is an absolutely essential step to reduce the healthcare cost, reduce medical errors and significantly improve the patient care.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : ABDUL BASIT

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Fundamental stress-response mechanisms in the heart.

What are the primary molecules and cellular signals associated with prolonged hypertensive stress that cause adverse myocardial tissue remodeling, and what strategies that prevent or reverse adverse remodeling can be developed and tested?

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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

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Could potentially contribute to the development of new therapies for heart disease and cardiomyopathies.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Yes, addressing this CQ may be feasible. Since it is likely that a multitude of signaling mechanisms are involved, an unbiased, global approach may be necessary to identify the key molecular pathways. However, experimental challenges remain and even developing appropriate animal models has been challenging.

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Developing Standards of Care for adult muscular dystrophy (FSHD, DM) patients affected by hypercarbic respiratory insufficiency

There is an unmet need for the NHLBI to foster basic, preclinical and clinical research on the pulmonary consequences of respiratory insufficiency, and specifically with hypercarbic (high CO2) respiratory insufficiency, in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and other adult muscular dystrophies. The adult muscular dystrophies have received insufficient attention, both from research and clinical practice perspectives. ...more »

Submitted by (@daniel.perez)

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

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

As with cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia, currently little data is available as to how to best measure/monitor, and when and how to intervene in, the respiratory complications of the adult muscular dystrophies (FSHD, DM, LGMD) using respiratory therapy, non-invasive ventilation (bi-Pap, Trilogy) or ventilation. The absence of home-based sleep studies and technologies to easily assess hypercapnia are identified as a significant gap in knowledge. Additionally, since the cardiac and pulmonary hypercarbic respiratory insufficiency complications are inextricably linked, studies of the interrelationship between cardiac and pulmonary consequences of the muscular dystrophies (congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension) are needed, and interdisciplinary teams of researchers may be best equipped to conduct them.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : FSH Society

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Training the public to respond to cardiac arrest

What is the best way to train the public to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, perform CPR and utilize an AED?

Submitted by (@rebecca.lehotzky)

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : AHA Staff & Volunteers

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Does epinephrine improve outcomes in OHCA

Epinephrine is the primary drug that is used in resuscitation but observational studies and a few small RCT suggest that it improves short term but not long term outcomes. Factors such as timing, dose, quality fo CPR and post-resuscitation care all confound the issue. Large RCTs conducted at multiple centers are desperately needed to address this question.

Submitted by (@dayam0)

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If short terms outcomes are improved but not long term outcomes, we are only adding costs and not improving population health

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Will require a large prehospital clinical trials network and ideally also a current national registry of OHCA to address secular changes in other confounding variables

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mohamud Daya

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Translation of an intervention to reduce sudden cardiac death

There is a need to identify and to develop pharmaceutical interventions for patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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Markedly reduce sudden cardiac death in high populations. Lead to a new pharmacologic paradigm for preventing lethal cardiac arrhythmias.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Investigators have already demonstrated in animal models of SCD that inhibition of mitochondrial Na/Ca-exchange is associated with a reduction in ventricular arrhythmias and SCD without a change in corrected-QTC.

Using a novel guinea pig model of heart failure and sudden cardiac death (SCD), researchers (Circ Res. 2014 Jun 20;115(1):44-54) have demonstrated that inhibition of the mitochondrial sodium-calcium exchanger prevents SCD. In people, SCD accounts for 170,000 to 450,000 deaths per year in the US. Basic research focused on identifying cardiac ion channel inhibitors have failed to results in antiarrhythmic drugs that prevent SCD. And although clinical research has thus far failed to identify individuals at risk of suffering a SCD in the general population, subpopulations (for example, those with a low ejection fraction months after suffering a myocardial infarction) have been identified that are at high risk. If an effective pharmaceutical intervention was developed that reduces SCD, deaths in these populations would be markedly reduced. Strategies need to be developed to translate this promising basic science finding into saving lives.

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Develop guidelines, standard of care, new technologies for respiratory care for adult facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

There is a need for NHLBI to develop guidelines, standard of care, new technologies for respiratory care for adult muscular dystrophy (facioscapulohumeral, myotonic and limb girdle) patients with undiagnosed or unforeseen hypercarbia CO2 retention in the acute setting who end up in trouble to help the families, doctors and patients navigate their way back to stable condition e.g. perhaps going forward with non-invasive ...more »

Submitted by (@daniel.perez)

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Prolonged and healthier lives. Lower costs and disease burden.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : FSH Society

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What is the optimal management of coronary artery disease in patients with chronic kidney disease

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an extremely high risk of death from cardiovascular cause. The prognosis of patients with chronic kidney disease who also have coronary artery disease is worse than certain cancer. While great strides have been made to create awareness about breast cancer, there is paucity of knowledge about the cardiovascular risk of CKD patients among both physicians and patients. Moreover, ...more »

Submitted by (@sripal.bangalore)

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Patients with chronic kidney disease tend to be undertreated (from CV perspective), underrepresented (in clinical trials) and underdiagnosed with less referral for stress testing, even though cardiovascular cause is the leading cause of death in these patients. Patients with chronic kidney disease is a growing cohort and with increase in obesity and diabetes, the prevalence is exploding exponentially. The decision as to what is the best treatment option for patients with coronary artery disease who also have kidney disease- revascularization or medical therapy-is important and can be a paradigm shift in the way we treat such patients

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Randomized clinical trials are urgently needed to answer this question.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sripal Bangalore

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Arrhythmia Therapies Based on Understanding Mechanisms

There is a need to translate these new insights of genetic, molecular, cellular, and tissue arrhythmia mechanisms into the development of novel, safe, and new therapeutic interventions for the treatment and prevention of cardiac arrhythmias.

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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

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Reduced socioeconomic burden of cardiac arrhythmias. Development of new technologies and recognition of new arrhythmia mechanisms.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Several studies have already recognized the unexpected antiarrhythmic effects of some therapies intended for other cardiovascular disease. For example statins, aldosterone blockers, and possibly some essential fatty acids may reduce arrhythmia burden in patients receiving these interventions. Clinical trials should be developed to demonstrate the efficacy of these interventions, and arrhythmia endpoints, including those for atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death, should be incorporated into other large clinical trials. Research into novel antiarrhythmic might focus on (a) drug development; (b) cell/gene-based therapy and tissue engineering; and (c) improvements in development and use of devices and ablation to prevent or inhibit arrhythmic electrical activity. Continued research might also focus on targeting of upstream regulatory cascades of ion channel expression and function. Continued antiarrhythmic strategies might include the exploration of novel delivery systems (e.g., utilizing advances in nanotechnology and microelectronics), biological pacemakers, AV node repair/bypass, and treatment and/or reversal of disease-induced myocardial remodeling and tachyarrhythmias. Evaluation of new therapies should include a cost analysis. Studies in both children and adults with congenital heart are needed. New interventions might include new pharmacologic approaches as well as advances in electrophysiologic imaging and improved approaches to ablation.

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