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Diurnal, weekly and seasonal rhythm of out of hospital cardiac arrest in Sweden
[external]. (Prehospital akutsjukvård)
2002 (English)In: Resuscitation, ISSN 0300-9572, E-ISSN 1873-1570, Vol. 54, no 2, p. 133-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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AIM: To describe the diurnal, weekly and seasonal rhythm among patients suffering from out of hospital cardiac arrest in Sweden. METHODS: All patients in Sweden between 1990 and 1999 participating in a National Registry covering 65% of all patients suffering from out of hospital cardiac arrest where cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was attempted. Only patients with a cardiac arrest of a cardiac aetiology and aged > 18 years were included in the survey. RESULTS: 10,868 patients fulfilled inclusion criteria. In terms of the diurnal rhythm, there was a progressive increase in the development of cardiac arrest from 06:00 h, reaching a peak at about 10:00 h. Thereafter, there was a progressive decline until 05:00 h. The diurnal rhythm was more marked among patients aged > 65 years and among patients in whom the arrest occurred outside home. There was a weekly rhythm with an increased incidence of cardiac arrest on Mondays. This was particularly evident among patients aged < 66 years and among men. A cardiac arrest occurred most frequently in January and December. This was particularly observed in the large cities. CONCLUSION: We found that out of hospital cardiac arrest of a cardiac etiology has a diurnal, weekly and seasonal rhythm occurring most frequently in the morning hours, on Mondays and in December and January. Age, sex and place of arrest influence these rhythms.

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Elsevier Ireland Ltd , 2002. Vol. 54, no 2, p. 133-138
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7962DOI: 10.1016/S0300-9572(02)00097-7Local ID: 2320/8764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7962DiVA, id: diva2:888844
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2017-09-12Bibliographically approved

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