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Gene Therapy Prevents Heart Arrhythmias

A study examines that the most common and potentially lethal complication following a heart attack is the heart's inability to do one of its most basic jobs: beat at a normal rate. Following myocardial infarction, heart muscle cells are replaced by fibroblasts and new blood vessels, which do not conduct electricity and leave the heart susceptible to ventricular tachycardia, an excessive heart rate that can result in sudden death. These non-heart cells disrupt the normal pattern of electrical conduction that is critical for effective pumping.

Pilot's Urgent Request During In-flight Emergency

A study determine taht their was settling in an hour into a recent Delta Airlines flight from London to Minneapolis when they heard the pilot's urgent request for medical help over the loudspeaker. Researcher quickly came to the front of the plane. The three worked together to assess the passenger who needed help, Jim Rogers. Rogers and his wife, Margaret Shields, had cut their vacation short after Rogers began to have headaches. The study was published in The New England Journal Of Medicine.