The value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the elderly has been a subject of recent debate. In this issue, Drs. Tresch and Neahring analyze the short- and long-term success rates following attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation in elderly patients treated in the inpatient, outpatient, and nursing-home settings. Although the overall success rate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation is somewhat lower in the elderly, older patients with witnessed cardiac arrest in whom the initial rhythm is ventricular fibrillation have a 15% to 25% survival rate, and long-term neurologic sequelae that do not differ from those in a younger population. Following this report, Dr. Rich discusses two recent articles assessing the prognostic significance of socioeconomic factors in patients with coronary heart disease.
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|Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports
|Published - Jan 1 1992