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Changing The Future of Cardiac Arrest

A total of more than $14 million will be spread across 4 different research sites across the nation, analyzing arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest. One of those sites? None other than University of Washington.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is funding four research projects, supporting “a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines who collective efforts will lead to new approaches to study arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death,'' said David Van Wagoner, Ph.D. who led the AHA’s peer review team for the selection of the grant recipients.

Dr. Nona Sotoodehnia is one of four research leaders awarded with about $3.8 million to begin her novel study on sudden cardiac arrest risk and resuscitation outcomes. Her study titled Genomic and Precision Medicine Approaches to Evaluate Sex-Specific Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk and Resuscitation Outcomes explores the sex differences in people who experience cardiac arrest as current research has created a one-size-fits-all outlook on treatments. Sotoodehnia notes the “key differences between men and women in cardiac arrest incidences, risk factors, underlying pathology and outcomes highlights the need for a more individualized approach”.

The project is set to use genomics and precision medicine approaches in men and women to improve risk stratification for cardiac arrest among high risk populations; to develop a better understanding of underlying causes of cardiac arrest; and to improve sex-specific resuscitation stratigies for cardiac arrest.

We are excited to see the ground breaking research Dr. Sotoodehnia and her team conducts with the resources, and congratulate her on this momentous achievement.

This is only the beginning. 


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