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A 33-year-old member asked:

How common is it to survive a cardiac arrest?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Not common: Unfortunately, uncommon. Hard to say exactly, & depends somewhat on what kind of cardiac arrest, what other problems the person has, how long before care, etc. Generally though, for out-of-hospital arrests, less than 20% survive long enough to be discharged from the hospital. Also concerning is how often cardiac arrest is the 1st sign of underlying CAD (plaque in vessels). See a proactive doctor!
Dr. Spyros Smith
Hospital-based practice 25 years experience
Depends: The probability of surviving cardiac arrest also depends on the availability of an aed(portable defibrillator) and the laws in your state pertaining to the use of aed's. The city of seattle has a 25% survival rate compared to the national average of around 5% survival due to readily available devices and user friendly laws.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to survive a sudden cardiac arrest?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Interventional Cardiology 24 years experience
Yes: Sudden cardiac arrest is often related to an arrhythmia and can spontaneously resolve in some cases. E.G. A person passess out and regains consciousness. However, often the events is a consequence of some more serious issues (e.G heart attack, etc) and requires immediate resuscitation efforts. Immediate CPR and cardioversion is essential. When a defibrillator is not present a precordial thump.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How common is sudden cardiac arrest in children?

3 doctor answers21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Not very common: I don't have the exact statistics, but sudden cardiac death is not a common thing across all age groups. Children are the least affected one, though, given the lower prevalence of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure etc.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How common is sudden cardiac arrest in adolescents?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It happens.: Blow to the chest, hypertrophy, lqts and Marfan syndrome are all possible causes.
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
Pediatrics 23 years experience
It is not that common however. A thorough sports physical should be done prior to an adolescents playing sports!
Aug 11, 2012

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