When the Female Heart Stops: Sex and Gender Differences in Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Epidemiology and Resuscitation.
- Author(s): Jarman, Angela F
- Mumma, Bryn E
- Perman, Sarah M
- Kotini-Shah, Pavitra
- McGregor, Alyson J
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinthera.2019.03.015
Sex- and gender-based differences are emerging as clinically significant in the epidemiology and resuscitation of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Female patients tend to be older, experience arrest in private locations, and have fewer initial shockable rhythms (ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia). Despite standardized algorithms for the management of OHCA, women are less likely to receive evidence-based interventions, including advanced cardiac life support medications, percutaneous coronary intervention, and targeted temperature management. While some data suggest a protective mechanism of estrogen in the heart, brain, and kidney, its role is incompletely understood. Female patients experience higher mortality from OHCA, prompting the need for sex-specific research.
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