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Posted at Nov 19, 2013 by CB

Pre-hospital cooling ‘does not improve survival’ after cardiac arrest » medicalnewstoday.com

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A new study suggests that survival rates of adults who suffer cardiac arrest are not improved by the lowering of their body temperature prior to hospital arrival. This is according to a study published in JAMA. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The most common cause of the condition is an irregular heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation (VF). Researchers say that pre-hospital cooling for patients who suffer cardiac arrest does not improve their outcomes. According to the researchers from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, led by Francis Kim, cardiac arrest can cause brain injury and because of this, many patients do not awake after resuscitation.

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