Cardiac arrest: The floor you live on matters

SURVIVAL after cardiac arrest is negligible if a patient lives above the 16th floor of a high-rise building, researchers have found.

And if you’re higher than the 25th floor, forget it.

Canadian doctors reviewed data on nearly 8000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, finding that survival was much more likely among patients living on the bottom three floors of their apartment buildings compared to higher floors (4.2% vs 2.6%).

Analysing survival rates to hospital discharge floor by floor, they found that the rate for people dwelling above the 16th