Archive - May 17, 2011

Archive - May 17, 2011


Man Survives 96 Minutes Without a Heartbeat

ROCHESTER, Minn.--A 54-year-old man is the first known person to survive sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) neurologically intact after spending 96 minutes without a heartbeat, according to an article in today's Wall Street Journal. Howard Snitzer, a chef from Goodhue, Minnesota, collapsed in January outside a grocery store, when bystanders rushed to his aid and took turns administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Medical teams, led by Roger White, MD, of the Mayo Medical Center, continued resuscitation efforts longer than usual because of the use of capnography, which indicated the victim was still viable. According to Dr. White and colleagues, Mr. Snitzer experienced "complete neurologic recovery." They described the episode as "the longest duration of pulselessness in an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with a good outcome.

Edina, MN, Ranked First for SCA Survival

MINNEAPOLIS--Edina residents are more than twice as likely to survive a sudden cardiac arrest than the nationwide average, according to a study conducted by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) program.

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