Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it's a man or woman

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Who gets CPR from bystanders? Depends if it's a man or woman

When compared to men, women are less likely to receive CPR in public situations, according to a new study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Bystanders give CPR in about 37 percent of all public cardiac arrest cases, but men are still 1.23 times more likely to receive it than women, researchers said.

Others worry about removing her clothing to get better access or touching her breasts to do CPR - though experts say that shouldn't be a problem since doing CPR properly involves putting hands on the middle of the chest, between the breasts. While bystander CPR is still a relatively rare, occurring in only about 37 percent of all cardiac events that happen in public locations, men were 1.23 times more likely to receive it. Men were also found to be almost two times more likely to survive a cardiac event after bystander CPR, and they had 23 percent increased odds of survival without it, compared to women. It found they have slightly higher odds of suffering a cardiac arrest after or during sex - than women. "In theory, you're touching in between the breasts", he said. The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim.

Another study published a year ago suggested that a similar gender disparity exists in potentially life-saving treatments given to cardiac arrest patients. "This is not a time to be squeamish, because it's a life and death situation". That research showed women were less likely to receive coronary angiography, which can be used to look for blocked arteries; angioplasty, which is the fix or unblocking of an artery; or to have their body temperature lowered to increase the chance of survival reduce the risk of brain damage. But no gender difference was seen in CPR rates for people who were stricken at home, where a rescuer is more likely to know the person needing help.

After the training, most students performed CPR in the correct location with high-quality compressions.

Researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events that occurred between 2011 and 2015 and released their preliminary results Saturday at American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions. "All of us are going to have to take a closer look at this" gender issue, said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota.

The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota, said he has long anxious that large breasts may impede proper placement of defibrilator pads if women need a shock to restore normal heart rhythm. Men were also 23% more likely to survive the events.

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