ASU students develop heart attack device

June 11, 2010

By hammersmith

[Source: The Phoenix Business Journal] – What started as a class project for four Arizona State University students has morphed into a company that develops a device to aid heart attack victims.

InnovateLife LLC is working on a product that lowers the body temperature of cardiac arrest patients when emergency medical responders arrive on the scene. Studies show cooling the body to 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit can increase the chances of recovery, said Joshua Tong, the 22-year-old CEO of InnovateLife. The process is called therapeutic hypothermia.

Cooling devices are on the market for hospital use, but EMS first responders still lack the tools to begin cooling patients safely before they get to the hospital, Tong said.

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