HEART ATTACK SURVIVAL LESS LIKELY ON UPPER FLOORS

Jan 18, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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People who live on the higher floors of apartments and condominiums – and suffer cardiac arrest – have a dramatically lower survival rate – than those living on lower floors.

The information comes from a study by Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

The findings suggest that it’s likely because it takes longer for paramedics to reach the patient – and begin efforts at resuscitation.

The study shows 4.2 per cent of cardiac arrest patients living below the third floor survived, while less than one per cent of those above the 16th floor survived and none of those above the 25th did.

Paramedic Ian Drennan says time is critical when C-P-R and a defibrillator must be used – to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.

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