Tarry for the Nonce

January 4, 2006

Some Bone-Chilling News

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:07 am

. . . in a good way.

A handful of Minnesota hospitals are now chilling some heart attack patients in an effort partly to protect their brains, a therapy that has produced results one doctor called “breathtaking” . . .

Studies done in the past few years have shown that, if done quickly and on the right patients, cooling the body can increase survival rates . . .

Experts caution that the therapy isn’t perfect _ it won’t help most heart attack victims _ but it should reduce brain damage and improve survival rates, said Lurie, the St. Cloud cardiologist.

“Although most people can still die, if we can show a 50 percent improvement … that’s a lot of patients.”

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