LifeVest study results: PR spin machine in full effect at American College of Cardiology meeting

In a remarkable example of PR spin, both the American College of Cardiology and Zoll, a medical devicemaker, issued misleading news releases this weekend trumpeting the results of a study examining the LifeVest, a wearable cardiac defibrillator.

The LifeVest, which has been in use for nearly two decades, is sometimes prescribed to recent heart attack patients who have “low ejection fraction,” or a reduced ability to pump blood. These patients are thought to be at high risk of sudden...

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