Archive - Oct 25, 2012

Archive - Oct 25, 2012

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SCA Victims in Poor Neighborhoods Less Likely to Receive CPR

If your heart stops and you fall to the ground, your chances of survival may depend on which neighborhood you're in when you collapse.

Patients suffering cardiac arrest in poorer, predominantly black neighborhoods were half as likely to receive CPR from a bystander as those in richer, predominantly white neighborhoods, according to research published in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Even cardiac arrest victims in well-to-do black neighborhoods were 23% less likely to receive bystander assistance. And overall, blacks and Latinos were less likely to receive aid, regardless of where they were.

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