Cardiac arrest survival 'is improving'

18 July 2012

Survival rates for people who have suffered cardiac arrest are continuing to rise, with a marked improvement over the last decade, a new report reveals.

Research published in the journal Circulation and carried out by experts at the Mayo Clinic shows that death rates among people hospitalised for cardiac arrest were 58 per cent last year.

This is a significant reduction on the 70 per cent mortality rate recorded when the same study was carried out ten years ago and indicates that new treatment methods and care processes are improving for patients, noted Alejandro Rabinstein, lead author of the report.

He was keen to point out that the numbers only accounts for people who made it to hospital and did not die before, so does not fully reflect all cardiac arrest resuscitation attempts.

"But the study does have a clear message. If you have a cardiac arrest and you get to be hospitalised, your chances of surviving the hospitalisation are getting better," the expert added.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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