Glucose, insulin & potassium treatment prevent cardiac arrest but not MI

10:11 am Health Care

According to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting and published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, by Dr Harry Selker at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, individuals with symptoms of heart attack who were given a treatment containing glucose, insulin and potassium by paramedics were less likely to experience cardiac arrest, compared to patients who did not receive the treatment, although the treatment may not prevent patients from progressing to a heart attack.

In the trial, paramedics from 13 cities were trained to administer the solution after determining that an individual was likely having or about to have a heart attack.” Individuals “who received the solution immediately after being diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome…were 50 percent less likely to experience cardiac arrest or die compared to those who received the placebo.” The findings “were even more pronounced for people with more severe ST-elevation heart attacks.”

However, the treatment did not reduce progression to MI.

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