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Warning signs: Many cardiac arrest victims visited doctors, emergency rooms prior to events

from TCTMD

Challenging the conventional wisdom that out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurs without warning, new data show that more than 1 in 4 patients experiencing arrest have actually been previously assessed in an emergency room within the 90 days before their event. What's more, many visited their primary care physician in the months leading up to the cardiac arrest, the researchers note. "Sudden cardiac death is not [always] so sudden," lead study author Mony Shuvy, MD (Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel), told TCTMD. "There are symptoms, and in order to prevent this awful event we need to characterize the patients that come to our hospital emergency [departments], go to family physicians, and try to understand that the symptoms they are coming with might be signs of an event that is going to occur." more

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