Better to prevent than treat

Only 10% of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest live for up to a year

Published Fri, Dec 12, 2014 · 09:50 PM
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MR A, an active male in his 40s, had completed a marathon the year before but he died suddenly while swimming. Jim Fixx, the celebrated running guru who triggered the American craze for running died suddenly while running at the age of 52. What both of them had in common were that they had underlying significant heart disease due to severe blockage of their heart arteries which were not known to them - and they both died of a heart attack during physical exertion.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)

The economic progress in the United States over the last several decades have not been matched by an increase in survival in those whose heart had "stopped" while outside a hospital environment (OHCA), with survival rates averaging less than 8 per 100. Over the last few years, an increase in public training on resuscitation techniques has increased the survival rates.

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