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Dr K K Aggarwal

Men and women have about the same adjusted in-hospital death rate for heart attack — but women are more likely to die if hospitalized for a more severe type of heart attack.

According to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association:

  1. Women are twice as likely as men to die if hospitalized for a type of heart attack known as Read more

Campaign 100: Just compress it

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Gasping, gurgling, moaning or any other noisy breathing increases the chances for survival when someone is suffering sudden cardiac arrest.

Gasping is a sign that there’s still blood flow to the brain, and the person can be saved even though the heart has stopped.

The first aid involves starting compressing the chest, 100 times a minute.

A Phoenix study of 1,218 cases published in Circulation has shown better survival when abnormal breathing, gasping, was noted.

After gasping one may have 4-5 minutes before the breathing stops and these 4-5 minutes are crucial.

Gasping is present in 40% of the cases of sudden cardiac arrest. After timely CPR, as many as 39 percent of the gaspers will survive as compared to 9.4 percent of the non-gaspers. If no CPR is done, 21.1 percent for gaspers and 6.7 percent of non-gaspers survive.

There is no safe duration for NSAID pain killers use in patients with a history of heart attack according to an analysis of data from more than 83,000 patients and published in Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association. Use of NSAIDs after heart attack increased the relative risk of death or second heart attack by as much as 45%.

NSAID treatment was associated with a statistically significantly increased risk of death at the beginning of the treatment, and the risk persisted throughout the course of treatment. We must limit NSAID use to the absolute minimum in patients with established cardiovascular disease.

  • All NSAIDs increased risk of death or recurrent heart attack by 45% after a week.
  • Naproxen increase the risk of death or recurrent heat attack by 76% after a week but for treatments lasting 30 to 90 days the risk increased risk was 15%
  • Ibuprofen had the lowest initial risk, just a 4% increase for treatments lasting seven days or less