On-Time Defibrillation Saving Lives

An estimated 30 percent of hospitalized patients with heart failure don't receive timely and potentially life-saving, electrical shocks called defibrillation.

The study found that defibrillators used at home and elsewhere in the community, dramatically improved a person's chances of survival if administered within two minutes of cardiac arrest.

About 30 percent of hospitalized patients were estimated to receive such treatment after that time frame.

22 percent of patients who had delayed defibrillation survived, compared with 39 percent of patients who received the therapy much more quickly.

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