Archive - Aug 30, 2017

Archive - Aug 30, 2017

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Cardiac Arrest Victims in Black Neighborhoods Less Likely to Get CPR, Defibrillation

Study shows that delaying CPR is associated with worse survival.

DURHAM, NC--Surviving cardiac arrest often seems like a matter of luck — whether a passerby knows CPR, or a defibrillator is close at hand or the ambulance arrives quickly. But one surprising factor also plays a role: The racial makeup of the neighborhood.

Compared to people who live in predominantly white neighborhoods, those who live in predominantly black areas are much less likely to receive CPR or defibrillation from a bystander when their heart suddenly stops beating while they are at home or out in the community.

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