Breathing difficulties 'under-rated as a signal of imminent cardiac arrest'

More attention should be paid to this prodromal symptom when cited in emergency calls, researcher says.

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Difficulty breathing is more common than chest pain prior to cardiac arrest, yet patients with this symptom are less likely to receive emergency help and more likely to die, a study shows.

The Danish research suggests greater awareness of breathing as a flag for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest may improve early intervention, cardiology research scholar Filip Gnesin told the ESC Congress 2021.