• Cardiovascular

    Body Cooling Cuts In-Hospital Heart Attack Deaths

JOURNALISTS: Mayo Clinic is presenting several abstracts at the American Academy of Neurology 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  Mayo experts are available for comment.  Contact: Brian Kilen 507-284-5005 (days) 507-284-2511 (evenings) newsbureau@mayo.edu.

The goal of  therapeutic hypothermia is to slow the body’s metabolism and prevent brain damage or death.  In a recent Mayo Clinic study, researchers found this forced cooling reduced in-hospital deaths among sudden cardiac arrest patients nearly 12 percent between 2001 and 2009.

“We continue to seek answers to the questions: Why did this trend develop, and how can we accelerate it,” says Jennifer Fugate, D.O., co-author of the study.

A soundbite from Dr. Fugate is available in the download above.

Broadcast cg title:  Dr. Jennifer Fugate, Mayo Clinic Critical Care

Click here for entire news release highlighting four Mayo Clinic studies being presented this week at AAN on dementia, body cooling, stroke and resident shift changes.