Sudden Death from cardiac arrest and gaps in knowledge of emergency cardiovascular care are the #1 killer of more than 400,000 Americans each year. This epidemic of death and disability is largely ignored and underfunded by NIH and all funding agencies and kills more than HIV, Cancer, Diabetes, and infectious diseases. There is no national registry of cardiac arrest, no mandatory reporting, and poor funding for both fundamental,... more »
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.
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?