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Cooling After Cardiac Arrest May Help Preserve Brain Function

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Cooling the body might help prevent or lessen brain damage caused by cardiac arrest, a new study suggests. People who received what is called targeted body temperature management after cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating – had good outcomes in terms of quality of life and mental function, researchers said. Body temperatures were lowered between 2 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit. "Among unconscious patients with cardiac arrest treated with targeted body temperature management, more than 90 percent returned home and a significant number were gainfully employed," said Dr. Venkatesh Aiyagari, professor of neurological surgery and neurology and neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Aiyagari was not involved in the current research, but co-authored an editorial accompanying the study in the April 6 online edition of ... Read more

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