Epinephrine Can Save Lives in Cardiac Arrest Cases, But at a Heavy Price

From HealthDay:

An adrenaline shot can restart your heart if it suddenly stops beating, but a new trial shows that chances are you might not return to much of a life if you survive.

People who suffered cardiac arrest and were resuscitated with adrenaline had an almost doubled risk of severe brain damage, researchers found.

“We found adrenaline does not increase your chances of surviving without severe brain damage,” said lead researcher Dr. Gavin Perkins. He is a professor of critical care medicine at the University of Warwick Medical School in England. “In fact, of the survivors, twice as many have severe brain damage.”

The findings should prompt major medical societies to rethink guidelines for using adrenaline ( or “epinephrine”) to restart a stopped heart, Perkins said.

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