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      Does Age Have an Effect on the Time of Occurrence of Cardiac Arrest of Presumed Cardiac Etiology?

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          To assess possible age-related differences in the time of occurrence (hour of the day, day of the week, month of the year) of cardiopulmonary collapses of presumed cardiac etiology, 3,305 out-of-hospital patients registered by the Belgian Cardiopulmonary-Cerebral Resuscitation Study Group between 1983 and 1990 were studied. Occurrence of call-time was separately tabulated for patients less than versus above 60 years of age and tested for differences with the Kolmogorov-Smirnov two-sample test. Only the circadian patterns of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of presumed cardiac etiology showed a significant difference between the two age-groups; the prominent morning peak (6 a.m.-10 a.m.) in incidence was less pronounced in the younger age-group. The overall incidence is lower in the summer and during mid-week. These trends are similar for both age-groups.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1995
          1995
          19 November 2008
          : 86
          : 3
          : 197-201
          Affiliations
          aDepartments of Anesthesia and Critical, Care, AZ Sint-Jan Hospital, Brugge, bEmergency Department, UZ, Gent, cEmergency Department, AZ VUB, Brussels, dInformation Science Department, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, Beerse, Belgium
          Article
          176873 Cardiology 1995;86:197–201
          10.1159/000176873
          7614490
          © 1995 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 5
          Categories
          General Cardiology

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