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Amazon’s Alexa can now walk users through CPR

Amazon’s voice-activated Echo device can now give instructions to users on how to perform CPR, handle a heart attack and detect stroke signs, features that could help save lives.

Biotronik creates new online tool that identifies cardiac devices safe for MRI

Berlin-based Biotronik has created an online tool that advises physicians on the appropriate MR-conditional heart monitor or pacing or ICD system for patients.

Everist Health develops test that can predict heart disease risk

Everist Health, a health technology company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has launched a new test that predicts patients’ risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a preventative measure that could make a big different for susceptible patients.

Geneva Health raises $1.9 million to expand cardiac remote monitoring device

Pasadena, California-based Geneva Health Solutions has raised $1.9 million to expand the reach of its cardiac monitoring device, a gadget aimed to remotely help manage patients with implanted cardiac devices.

Sleep apnea devices may not affect heart disease risk factors

Though oral breathing devices improve sleep in those with obstructive sleep apnea, new research shows the devices may not reduce risk factors associated with developing heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases.

Hospitals as Cyber-Targets: How to Prepare for the Inevitable Data Breach

In the last two years, 89 percent of healthcare organizations suffered at least one data breach involving the loss or theft of patient data. The question, experts say, is not if a hospital will be attacked, but rather when—and how prepared its teams will be to mitigate damage.

Researchers use ion technology to irradiate heart, treat atrial fibrillation

Current treatments for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, including catheter ablation, can be relatively invasive. New research shows physicians could treat patients just as effectively using carbon ions in a non-invasive procedure.

FDA clears blood test to help diagnose patients with a suspected MI

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance for the Elecsys Troponin T Gen 5 STAT blood test for patients with a suspected MI.

Philly physicians use targeted radiation to treat blocked artery

An article in The Seattle Times covers a new technique used at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to clear blockages in coronary arteries.

Physio-Control warns of AED battery issue that may lead to adverse events

Physio-Control announced on Jan. 13 that users of the company’s LIFEPAK 1000 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should immediately remove and reinstall the battery from their devices.

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