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Study Finds High Survival Rates of Cardiac Arrest at Exercise Facilities

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Heart attacks claim the lives of 250,000 Americans every year, but those victims fortunate enough to be near an automated external defibrillator, or AED, have a better chance of survival.

And one of the best places to be if you want to be near one, apparently, is a gym.

In a recent study, presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in San Francisco, researchers found that in exercise facilities in Seattle, half the people who suffered a heart attack in a gym, dance studio or bowling alley survived. That's compared to a 36 percent survival rate at other indoor locations.


The reason: The exercise facilities provided AEDs.  The devices are required by law in schools and medical offices.

Heart attacks also occurred in places like dance studios in more than 8.7 percent of the cases. About four percent happened in bowling alleys.

Authors of the study from the University of Wisconsin concluded that the relatively high rate of heart attacks at alternative exercise sites is an important factor in deciding where AEDs are placed.

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