Harvard Health Books

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The television image of a heart attack – a man suddenly clutches his chest and keels over – is actually a picture of sudden cardiac arrest. This frightening and often deadly event usually occurs out of the blue. The cause? The appearance of a dangerous heart rhythm that makes the muscle in the wall of the heart’s biggest chambers—the two lower ventricles—begin to quiver and pulsate rather than forcefully contracting. This “rhythm,” called ventricular fibrillation, makes it impossible for the heart to pump any blood to the body.

This inexpensive multitouch iBook from Harvard Health Publications explains sudden cardiac arrest, and currently runs on the Apple iPhone and the iPad.  The book explains not only with words but also with 3D objects that you can move and play with, videos with a voice describing what is happening, interactive tools, and a voice that tells you how certain medical terms are pronounced.  The iBook was created in collaboration with Orca Health, Inc.  By employing the power of the iPhone and iPad, this iBook explains things in ways that words alone cannot do. Take a look.

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Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Harvard Health Publications (August 26, 2013)
Language: English
Size: 151 MB
Seller: Orca Health
Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.