Warning symptoms may be common prior to sudden cardiac arrest

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Warning symptoms may be common prior to sudden cardiac arrest

The AP (12/22, Neergaard) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine “suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse” due to cardiac arrest.

On its website, CBS News (12/22, Marcus) reports that the study of 839 patients found that approximately “half of patients who have a sudden cardiac arrest first experience symptoms like intermittent chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, or ongoing flu-like symptoms such as nausea and abdominal and back pain.” However, “80 percent of them ignore their pre-arrest symptoms.”

HIV preexposure prophylaxis not widely used

On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal (12/22, D1, Reddy, Subscription Publication) reports that although the CDC estimates that 1.2 million Americans could benefit from using Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) to prevent the spread of HIV, fewer than 22,000 people are estimated to take the drug. The CDC estimates that one-third of primary care physicians have not heard of Truvada.

 

AMA News December, 2015