Cardiac arrest victims more likely to receive CPR in ethnic Chinese neighbourhoods

People who suffer a cardiac arrest in public are more likely to receive CPR from bystanders in the city’s ethnic Chinese neighbourhoods, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

The chances of surviving a heart stoppage without neurological damage are highest when it happens within 2.7 kilometres of a hospital, but the researchers also noted higher survival rates in parts of the west side, east and southeast Vancouver, areas that are not close to hospitals.

Bystanders appear more willing to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation — potentially life-saving chest compressions — in predominantly Chinese neighbourhoods, said lead researcher David Barbic, an emergency room physician at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Randy Shore reports

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