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London's cardiac survival rate doubles

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The cardiac arrest survival rate in London has more than doubled in the past six years, according to latest figures from the London Ambulance Service.

The cardiac arrest survival rate in London has more than doubled in the past six years, according to latest figures from the London Ambulance Service.

More than one in ten Londoners (10.9%) who suffered a bystander-witnessed cardiac arrest were discharged alive from hospital last year. The figure has increased from just 4.2% in 1998-1999.

The service received more than 82,000 calls from patients reporting potential cardiac or chest pain related problems.

Rachel Donohoe, the service’s head of clinical audit and research, attributed the figures to effective bystander resuscitation, where trained members of the public have intervened to administer CPR.

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