Vital Signs: No Surrender

By Tony Dajer|Wednesday, November 01, 1995
Cardiac arrest coming in! Mona, our ward clerk, cradled the red ER phone against her shoulder, her hands busily sorting lab slips. She pushed her ear into the receiver, hard, then announced, Two minutes out. In plain English cardiac arrest means heart stopped. Every year 300,000 Americans succumb to sudden cardiac death--and they are often walking, talking, and feeling fine when it strikes. The most common cause is ventricular fibrillation, the irregular elec...

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