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How common is it to survive a cardiac arrest?
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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Christopher Dowd
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Dr. Spyros Smith
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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