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Patients in Cardiac Arrest Report Conscious Awareness

Patients in Cardiac Arrest Report Conscious Awareness | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Nearly 40% of 140 cardiac arrest survivors claimed memories from when they were in cardiac arrest.

Awareness during anesthesia has been well described, but what about during cardiac arrest? Researchers performed a 4-year multicenter observational study involving a qualitative and quantitative interview of 140 post-cardiac arrest patients in the hospital (52) and after discharge (90).

Overall, 39% of patients believed they had memories from the time they were in cardiac arrest. Using a validated near-death-experience scale, 9% of patients reported such experiences, but only two patients claimed explicit recall of actual events related to their resuscitations. No other patient had memories related to any medical procedure, pain, or experience.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

Comments by Dr. Kristi Koenig - This is the first study to quantify awareness during cardiac arrest. This study's results might be biased, because there was no consistency in the timing of interviews, and some patients did not complete the interview. Whether these memories “formed” during arrest or later or represent some other psychological phenomenon is not known. Nevertheless, the bottom line is to be careful what you say during resuscitations — you never know if patients can hear you! 

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Credibility of YouTube for Health Information on Heart Attack

Credibility of  YouTube for Health Information on Heart Attack | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home Message:  Internet search for health information is growing: 71% of adults in US in 2007.  YouTube is used for health info and this study assessed the credibility of the info for heart attacks (MI).  

Most content (98%) was posted in the last 3 years. Videos from professional societies were the least watched but had the most thorough content coverage (symptoms, physiology, prevention & treatment).  The other sources (94% of content) from personal experience, news reports & pharmaceutical industry  had seven times greater number of views. But these were not thorough.  Only 7% urged immediate treatment for a heart attack - the most important of all public messages.  Prevention was mentioned in 17% of videos. Caveat Emptor.  (Caveat Spectator)  With Web 2.0, its better to trust trusted sources.

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