Contacts With the Health Care System Before Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Nertila Zylyftari, Sidsel G Møller, Mads Wissenberg, Frederik Folke, Carlo A Barcella, Amalie Lykkemark Møller, Filip Gnesin, Elisabeth Helen Anna Mills, Britta Jensen, Christina Ji-Young Lee, Hanno L Tan, Lars Køber, Freddy Lippert, Gunnar H Gislason, Christian Torp-Pedersen, ESCAPE‐NET Investigators

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Background It remains challenging to identify patients at risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We aimed to examine health care contacts in patients before OHCA compared with the general population that did not experience an OHCA. Methods and Results Patients with OHCA with a presumed cardiac cause were identified from the Danish Cardiac Arrest Registry (2001-2014) and their health care contacts (general practitioner [GP]/hospital) were examined up to 1 year before OHCA. In a case-control study (1:9), OHCA contacts were compared with an age- and sex-matched background population. Separately, patients with OHCA were examined by the contact type (GP/hospital/both/no contact) within 2 weeks before OHCA. We included 28 955 patients with OHCA. The weekly percentages of patient contacts with GP the year before OHCA were constant (25%) until 1 week before OHCA when they markedly increased (42%). Weekly percentages of patient contacts with hospitals the year before OHCA gradually increased during the last 6 months (3.5%-6.6%), peaking at the second week (6.8%) before OHCA; mostly attributable to cardiovascular diseases (21%). In comparison, there were fewer weekly contacts among controls with 13% for GP and 2% for hospital contacts (P<0.001). Within 2 weeks before OHCA, 57.8% of patients with OHCA had a health care contact, and these patients had more contacts with GP (odds ratio [OR], 3.17; 95% CI, 3.09-3.26) and hospital (OR, 2.32; 95% CI, 2.21-2.43) compared with controls. Conclusions The health care contacts of patients with OHCA nearly doubled leading up to the OHCA event, with more than half of patients having health care contacts within 2 weeks before arrest. This could have implications for future preventive strategies.

TidsskriftJournal of the American Heart Association
Udgave nummer23
Sider (fra-til)e021827
StatusUdgivet - 7 dec. 2021


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