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Rapid Cooling Might Help Heart Attack Patients
Date:11/15/2009

or repeat cardiac arrest, occurred in seven cooled patients and 14 standard care patients.

"We now have a method that is safe and can be started within minutes of cardiac arrest to minimize (brain) damage during this very critical period," study lead author Dr. Maaret Castren, professor of emergency medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said in a news release.

"Our results show that the earlier you can do the cooling, the better. When resuscitation efforts were delayed, there was no significant difference in survival," Castren said.

The study was to be presented Nov. 15 at an American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 15, 2009


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