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Quick Shot of Epinephrine Boosts Cardiac Arrest Patients' Survival: Study

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Cardiac arrest patients who receive epinephrine (adrenaline) within five minutes of their heart stopping are more likely to survive than those who don't receive the drug within that time frame, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed outcomes among more than 100,000 patients who suffered cardiac arrest while staying at nearly 550 hospitals across the United States. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, while a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked and heart tissue is damaged. In the study, survival rates were nearly 13 percent among patients who received epinephrine shots within five minutes of their heart stopping. Rates were only 11 percent among those who received the drug after five minutes had passed. "That is a 20 percent better survival rate for patients at hospitals where epinephrine is given quickly, ... Read more

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Statins May Boost Survival Odds After Cardiac Arrest

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by

SATURDAY, Nov. 12, 2016 – The odds of surviving cardiac arrest seem higher for patients who've been taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study shows. Researchers in Taiwan studied the medical records of nearly 138,000 cardiac arrest patients. Those already using statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor (rosuvastatin) were about 19 percent more likely to survive to hospital admission and 47 percent more likely to be discharged. Also, they were 50 percent more likely to be alive a year later, the study found. "When considering statin use for patients with high cholesterol, the benefit of surviving sudden cardiac arrest should also be considered, as statin use before cardiac arrest might improve outcomes of those patients," said study author Dr. Ping-Hsun Yu. Yu is a researcher from the National Taiwan University Hospital and College of Medicine in New Taipei City. The ... Read more

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Kids With Cardiac Arrest Less Likely to Survive CPR at Night

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – Hospitalized children who have suffered cardiac arrest have lower chances of surviving when CPR is performed on them at night than at other times of the day, a new study finds. The finding is similar to what has been seen in studies of adult hospital patients, the researchers said. The authors of the new study called the lower nighttime survival rates "an important, yet under-recognized public health concern." Researchers reviewed an American Heart Association database of cardiac arrests in hospitals. Cardiac arrest is when the heartbeat stops abruptly, usually caused by an abnormality in the heart's electrical system. The study was led by Dr. Farhan Bhanji, a pediatric critical care specialist at McGill University and Montreal Children's Hospital in Canada. He and his colleagues tracked more than 12,000 children (mostly male) at 354 hospitals. The young ... Read more

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