STATES CHRONICLE – Living in penthouses, or in lack thereof in highly situated apartments with a view sounds like it could be very satisfying. Unless you’re a high risk heart disease patient, that is. According to a recent study, you might want to avoid that, as they found heart attack survival rates inversely proportional with apartment floor.
According to a new study, people living on high floors have an increasingly reduced chance of surviving a heart attack.
This isn’t caused by any physiological factors or anything like that, but by the guaranteed minutes of delayed emergency response.
As it turns out, for every minute in which the emergency team doesn’t get to the patient after they suffered a heart attack, their chances of survival decrease by 7%-10%.
This means that even a couple of minutes can make a difference in surviving a cardiac arrest.
The research looked at a number of patients aged 18 and older and lasted for 5 years, from 2007 to 2012, all suffering from heart attacks either inside a hospital, out at their place of residence.
Participants in the study had to answer a number of questions that were in the form of a survey. Besides that, for all the cases the researchers noted down the location of the heart attack, the floor on which the patient lived, as well as the survival rate.
Three quarters of the patients happened to suffer heart attacks somewhere below the third floor, while the others unfortunately had cardiac arrests while on higher levels.
As expected, those patients living under the third floor had a much higher survival chance than those living above it.
To further worsen the situation, those unfortunate enough to live above the 25 floor and suffer from a heart attack had absolutely no chances of survival.
Like I mentioned, this is caused by multiple factors, but the most important among them is the delayed emergency response.
Oftentimes, by the time the doctors get to the patient it’s too late to do anything.
Also the emergency responders can’t bring the much needed defibrillators with them, since they are connected to the ambulance. And by the time the heart attack victim is taken all the way to the ambulance, they are most likely already dead.
A solution would be for their family members to try to perform CPR before the arrival of the ambulance, but if administered improperly CPR can be as deadly as the heart attack.
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