Spotlight on Cardiac Arrest
As few as one in ten survive a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. But researchers have a whole battery of studies underway in the attempt to optimise all parts of the chain of survival.
A fight against time
Every year in Sweden, about 10,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside of hospital, that means more than 25 people every day. The most important factor in a cardiac arrest is the time from its occurrence until cardiac resuscitation begins. It is estimated that for every minute that passes, the chance of survival is reduced by ten percent.
“I see it as a compassionate thing to do”
Madeleine Liljegren is a sms-lifesaver.
“My vision went black and spun around”
Daniel Trädgårdh survived a cardiac arrest.
“I didn't hear any heart sounds or feel any pulse”
Lars Björkman lost his wife in a cardiac arrest.
Help in the event of cardiac arrest
In the event of a cardiac arrest every second counts. This is how you can help.
Drones can increase survival after cardiac arrest
Drones can deliver defibrillators to real-life alerts of suspected cardiac arrest before the ambulance arrives, which may in the future help save lives, according to a study at Karolinska Institutet.
New life-saving methods for cardiac arrest
Jacob Hollenberg conducts research to increase the survival rate after cardiac arrest. He leads the KI Center for resuscitation science, which develops and studies new innovative methods and treatments along the entire cardiac care pathway.
Center for resuscitation science
Out of hospital cardiac arrest affects approximately 5000 on a national level annually in Sweden, only 11 percent survive. The Center for resuscitation science focuses mainly on clinical methods applied in the prehospital setting by first responders to a cardiac arrest.
Preventing hereditary cardiac arrest
Inherited heart diseases may present with no forewarning. A young person with no previous signs of disease can suddenly suffer a cardiac arrest while out on a run or playing football. Kristina Haugaa’s research aims to prevent such events.