Fast Five Quiz: Sudden Cardiac Death

March 27, 2023

Survival after a commotio cordis event is becoming more common, with some estimates suggesting nearly 60% survival. This is likely due to effective and timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts and defibrillation occurring within 3 minutes of the collapse. Although efforts at resuscitation now happen more often, sometimes involving trained emergency medical technicians, the onset of CPR may be delayed because observers underestimate the severity of the trauma. The survival rate is only 5% or less in cases in which resuscitative efforts are delayed longer than 3 minutes.

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This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape articles Sudden Cardiac Death, Cardiovascular Disease Primary Prevention/Lifestyle Guidelines, Commotio Cordis Clinical Presentation, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

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