Men are More Likely than Women to Survive Cardiac Arrest in Public

Men are More Likely than Women to Survive Cardiac Arrest in Public

People might be more reluctant to touch a woman’s body when it comes to helping strangers.

It sounds odd but true: a new study shows that women are less likely than men to survive suffering from cardiac arrest in public.

A recent study has found 45 percent of men suffering cardiac arrest in public were given CPR, vs just 39 percent of women. Even more surprisingly, men were found to be 23 per cent more likely to actually survive the ordeal.

Why the difference? Interestingly, the lead author of the study done by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Audrey Blewer, feels that the public might simply feel, well, weird about pushing on a woman’s chest.Especially when it comes to someone they don’t know.

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The idea of pushing hard and frequently might go against our natural instincts, and the fear of touching a woman’s breasts is something that also can come up.

What about at home? Statistics show that men and women who suffer cardiac arrest at home have no difference in their survival rates. It seems that family members do not have the same fear when it comes to touching a woman’s body in an emergency situation, as strangers may.

Having CPR administered on a person following a heart attack can double or even triple their odds of survival. Over 600,000 people died from having a heart attack in the U.S in 2016.

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