GIK treatment 'can help limit effects of a heart attack'

28 March 2012

Medical professionals have been told how they can limit the chances of someone dying from cardiac arrest after suffering a heart attack.

Harry P Selker, executive director of the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, and Joni Beshansky, co-principal investigator and project director, led a study into the major health issue.

They found that the immediate administration of glucose, insulin and potassium (GIK) can reduce a person's chances of having cardiac arrest or dying from a heart attack by 50 per cent compared with those who received a placebo.

Furthermore, patients who were given the former treatment were 40 per cent less likely to suffer from cardiac arrest, be hospitalised with heart failure or die from heart problems a month after the original incident.

Dr Selker pointed out: "We've done a lot of studies of acute cardiac care in emergency departments and hospitals, but more people die of heart attacks outside the hospital than inside the hospital."

Meanwhile, calls have been made to make heart screenings compulsory in sport in the wake of Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch of White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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