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March 31st, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP March 31, 2012 @ 12:09 am

The Cardiac Cocktail

http://www.ems1.com/cardiac-care/articles/1263253-Cardiac-cocktail-delivered-by-medics-may-save-lives/

AFP

CHICAGO — “Paramedics armed with a cheap, three-ingredient injection cocktail were able to reduce heart attack patients’ risk of dying by 50 percent, said a US study released on Tuesday.

When the shot was given early to patients with signs of a heart attack, the mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium, or GIK, showed remarkable success in preventing full cardiac arrest — when the heart stops beating — and even death……

The treatment did not prevent heart attacks from occurring, but cut the likelihood of cardiac arrest by 50 percent over patients who did not get the shot. The risk of immediate death also dropped by 50 percent……”



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