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Cardiac Arrest: Can We Improve Outcomes for These Patients?

January 18, 20169 min
People who arrive at a hospital in cardiac arrest (heart has stopped) have poor chances of full recovery. The PEARL Study is looking at improving those outcomes. Currently some of these patients undergo heart catheterization, while others do not, depending on the physician’s judgment. But what if everyone had a heart cath? Would it improve outcomes?A note about the study: Most medical research studies require an individual’s informed consent in writing before they can be enrolled, but patients arriving in cardiac arrest cannot speak for themselves. They may not have a family member there who can speak for them. Therefore, this study requires public outreach to make the community aware of it and provide a way for people to opt out.Dr. David Seder is here to explain the study and what it means for your health.We invite listeners to visit mmc.org/PEARL to read about the study and take a brief survey.

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