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Life after cardiac arrest

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually. Of those who survive a cardiac arrest, mild-to-moderate cognitive impairment is common; half of all those who survive experience problems with cognitive functions such as memory and attention. However, in a recent study, a control group comprising heart attack patients had largely the same level of problems, which suggests that it is not only the cardiac arrest and the consequent lack of oxygen to the brain that is the cause of the patients' difficulties. more

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