Chrome 2001
Aetna Intelihealth InteliHealth Aetna Intelihealth Aetna Intelihealth
. .
Chrome 2001
Chrome 2001
Health News Health News
Cardiac Arrest During Childbirth More Common Than Thought: Study
March 21, 2014


FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest in women during childbirth is rare, but it may be twice as common as previously believed, a new study suggests.

Factors that can cause a woman's heart to stop beating during childbirth include a severe form of high blood pressure called preeclampsia, excessive bleeding, heart failure or heart attack, blood infection and the entry of amniotic fluid into the mother's bloodstream (amniotic fluid embolism).

Researchers analyzed data from more than 56 million births in the United States, and found that more than one in 12,000 women had a cardiac arrest while they were in hospital for childbirth.

Those who had cardiac arrests were more likely to be older, black or to be covered by Medicaid, according to the study in the April issue of the journal Anesthesiology.

The main causes of cardiac arrest were bleeding (nearly 45 percent), heart failure (13 percent), amniotic fluid embolism (13 percent) and blood infection (11 percent), the investigators found.

The researchers also reported that CPR was often successful in cases of cardiac arrest during childbirth, and that the survival rate rose from 52 percent in 1998 to 60 percent in 2011.

"These are rare high-stakes events on obstetric units, and team preparation is critical to ensure that everyone is ready to act quickly and effectively," study author Dr. Jill Mhyre, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said in a journal news release.

"Fortunately, physician anesthesiologists are experts in leading resuscitation teams for maternal cardiac arrest and other emergencies that happen on the labor floor," she added.

More information

The American Heart Association has more about cardiac arrest.
Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

SOURCE: Anesthesiology, news release, March 18, 2014...

More News
InteliHealth .
General Health News
Today's News
Today In Health History
This Week In Health
Addiction News
Allergy News
Alzheimer's News
Arthritis News
Asthma News
Babies News
Breast Cancer News
Bronchitis News
Cancer News
Cervical Cancer News
Children's Health News
Cholesterol News
Dental/Oral Health News
Depression News
Diabetes News
Ear, Nose And Throat News
Environmental Health News
Eye News
Fitness News
Genetics News
Headache News
Health Policy News
Heart Attack News
Heart Failure News
Heart Health News
Infectious Diseases News
Influenza News
Lung Cancer News
Medication News
Men's Health News
Mental Health News
Multiple Sclerosis News
Nutrition News
Parkinson's News
Pregnancy News
Prostate Cancer News
Senior Health News
Sexual/Reproductive Health News
Sexual dysfunction
Sleep News
STDs News
Stroke News
Tobacco Cessation News
Weight Management News
Women's Health News
    Print Printer-friendly format    
This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.