Factors associated with preventable out-of-hospital nontraumatic cardiac arrest

      Because <20% of patients who have out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (CA) survive to discharge,
      • Gilman J.K
      • Jalal S
      • Naccarelli G.V
      Predicting and preventing sudden death from cardiac cause.
      admission to a hospital before the onset of CA is crucial. More than half of all sudden deaths due to coronary heart disease are caused by ventricular fibrillation.
      • Kuller L
      • Lilienfeld A
      • Fisher R
      An epidemiological study of sudden and unexpected deaths in adults.
      This study was designed to identify factors associated with preventable out-of hospital CA, defined as CA that developed ≥1 hour after symptom onset.
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