Archive - Jan 6, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - Jan 6, 2012 - SCA Article

Some Toronto Neighborhoods at Higher Risk for SCA

A new study suggests that where you live may be a contributing factor when it comes to assessing your risk of cardiac arrest.

The study, done by researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital, focuses on the country's largest city but its findings could be applied to other parts of the country.

Simply put, the study suggests that some areas of Toronto — especially in southwest and central Scarborough, western parts of North York and north Etobicoke — had the highest rates of cardiac arrest, about 500 per 100,000 people.

The communities with the lowest rates were those within north Scarborough, downtown Toronto, East York and the northeast part of North York. Those rates were about 160 per 100,000 people.

Katherine Allan, the PhD student who led the study, looked at more than 5,000 cardiac arrest victims in 140 neighbourhoods across Toronto between 2006 and 2010.

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