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Hibernation provides clues to heart disease

PULLMAN – In hibernation, a bear’s heart function mimics certain heart diseases of humans and other animals. When a bear comes out of hibernation, its heart resumes normal functioning, unlike humans and other animals with diseased hearts. Hibernating bears have heart rates of about 18 beats per minute. In humans, heart rates this slow would […]

K-9 defibrillator tweaked; monitoring and beat go on

“And the beat goes on. Yeah, the beat goes on …” In the case of Honus, Pullman’s most celebrated, high-tech, K-9 patient, these old lyrics pretty much tell the story. Last month, as you may recall, Honus was the world’s first pooch to successfully receive a cardiac defibrillator, thanks to physicians at Washington State University’s […]