The present case illustrates that a good neurologic recovery can be achieved following multiple cardiac arrests and prolonged CPR for a massive pulmonary embolism. The use of ECMO in such case is believed to reduce the mortality rate and increase the likelihood of survival with good neurological outcomes.
How many times cardiac arrests can you survive?
Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating. Some 350,000 cases occur each year outside of a hospital, and the survival rate is less than 12 percent.
Can someone survive 3 cardiac arrests?
Reported survival rates are 3% to 10%,2,3 although the increasing availability of early defibrillation improves these rates. It is well established that patients who had out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are at high risk for recurrent arrhythmic events and sudden death.