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CPR Survival Rates Can Differ Greatly by City
The New York Times

If you have a stroke, your odds of survival are similar whether you are in Boston or Boise. But not so if you fall victim to cardiac arrest.

Since the 1960s, cardiopulmonary resuscitation — chest compressions, ventilation, defibrillation and epinephrine — has been the go-to approach to reanimate a stopped heart. But in recent years, experts in critical care have developed an arsenal of modern treatment refinements.

These improvements remain underused in practice, however. As a result, survival rates after cardiac arrest vary drastically across the country.

In the United States, there are roughly 350,000 resuscitation attempts outside hospitals each year, with average survival rates of 5 to 10 percent, and 750,000 attempts in hospitals, with about a 20 percent survival rate.