Hypothermia Therapy for Myocardial Infarction

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Myocardial infarction (MI) which leads to cardiac arrest cause a global cerebral ischemia that results in low survival rate and poor neurological outcomes in patients resuscitate in the emergency room. The definition of out-of –the- hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is the cessation of cardiac mechanical activity that happens outside of a hospital environment, and is mark by a lack of signs of circulation. Each year over 250,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). In this group nearly 92 percent of persons who experience an OHCA event die this statistical data is from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. There are a number of causes of OHCA which origins are not cardiac related. Some of these causes are the following ; trauma, drowning, overdose, asphyxia, electrocution, primary respiratory arrests, but the majority approximately 85 percent of such events have a cardiac cause.Purpose of this study is to compare the use of hypothermia therapy versus standard therapy for the treatment of post myocardial infarction (MI) patients, who has been successfully resuscitated in the emergency room. This study seek to evaluate whether or not hypothermia therapy improves post resuscitated MI patient neurological function compared with standardized treatment. These findings will be used to improve existing treatment protocols for this patient populations, design education programs for nurses to follow, and provide more research data on this subject for future research studies.

Despite the demonstrated benefits of therapeutic hypothermia treatment in recent studies, patients eligible for this treatment after cardiac arrest do not receive it. The lack of knowledge about hypothermia...

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