Archive - Aug 9, 2017

Archive - Aug 9, 2017

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Closing the Cardiac Arrest Survival Gap

University of Iowa study examines racial differences in survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest—when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating—is fairly common among hospitalized patients, affecting approximately 200,000 patients in the U.S. each year.

Historically, the likelihood of surviving an in-hospital cardiac arrest was low—roughly one in eight patients would live long enough to be discharged. Among black patients, the survival rate was even lower than that of white patients, according to previous research.

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