Time can double survival rate in heart attacks

15 June 2015 

New research has shown that quick intervention can double the amount of people that survive after a heart attack.

A team from the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm South General Hospital collaborated with the University of Borås, Danderyd Hospital and Sahlgrenska Academy to arrive at the findings.

The Swedish researchers found that early cardiopulmonary resuscitation more than doubles the chance of survival for patients suffering a heart attack away from a hospital.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the findings "clearly show that cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an effective, life-saving treatment", according to head of research at the Center for Resuscitation Science Dr Jacob Hollenberg.

Dr Hollenberg said further encouragement must be given to respond swiftly on suspected cardiac arrest.

Together, the team analysed more than 30,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Sweden. They found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed before an ambulance arrived could be associated with a two-fold increase in the chance of survival. 

This was found regardless of age, sex, place, cause, ECG pattern, and time period. 

Posted by Edward Bartel

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