Cardiac arrest is often fatal, but doctors say certain steps can boost survival odds

January 6, 2023

National Public Radio

Being healthy "significantly increases" the chances of survival from an OHCA, says Dr. Stephen Anderson, an emergency medicine physician who recently retired after 35 years of practice in Seattle.

To illustrate how a rapid response can make a big difference for patients like these, Anderson points to the example of a casino that was just 8 miles from where he worked."If you fall down to the ground in a casino, they respond immediately" with CPR and defibrillation from an AED, Anderson says.

"I have taken care of countless people ... who have cardiac arrest at the casino and come [into the hospital] talking and awake," he says.

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