Heart attack

  • Drones may prove particularly important when it comes to providing urgent medical attention. Startup Flirtey is working on a system where defibrillators are carried by drone directly to the site of a cardiac arrest, where every passing minute can lower the chances of survival.
  • When it needs to pump more blood, the heart can grow in response to exercise and pregnancy, but after a heart attack, swelling can lead to further complications. Now scientists have found that a protein called cardiotrophin 1 (CT1) can trick the heart into the good kind of growth and reduce the bad.
  • Heart attacks behind the wheel are dangerous not only for the the driver but for everyone else on the road. Toyota has recently joined forces with a team of researchers at the University of Michigan to explore the potential of creating a cardiac monitoring system that could be built into cars.
  • ​Much like in the case of strokes, the time immediately after a heart attack provides a critical window in which damage to the body can be minimized. Researchers in Madrid have just figured out how a drug that's been around for decades helps doctors use that time to best advantage.