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Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest

  • T. Pellis
  • V. Mione
  • W. P. Mercante
Conference paper

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death. Such deaths are often caused by sudden cardiac arrest, and the estimated number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases is 300,000 per year in the United States, where median rate of survival to hospital discharge is 7.9% [1]. Favourable outcome of patients admitted to the hospital ranges between 11% and 48% [2, 3], indicating a large number of patients die after successful resuscitation during hospital stay or develop permanent severe brain damage. The only therapy that has been shown to improve survival and neurological outcome after sudden cardiac arrest is induction of mild therapeutic hypothermia for 12–24 h [4, 5].

Keywords

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Therapeutic Hypothermia Mild Hypothermia 
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  • V. Mione
  • W. P. Mercante

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