For Cardiac Arrest, Epinephrine May Do More Harm Than Good

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For cardiac arrest, epinephrine may do more harm than good
For cardiac arrest, epinephrine may do more harm than good
For patients in cardiac arrest, administering epinephrine helps to restart the heart but may increase the overall likelihood of death or debilitating brain damage, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The role of epinephrine is more and more questionable in cardiac arrest," said the study's lead author Florence Dumas, M.D., Ph.D., of the Parisian Cardiovascular Research Center in France.
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