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What Really Happens After Cardiac Arrest?

Published December 06, 2019

Surviving Cardiac Arrest


A panel of leading physicians and researchers discuss the latest developments in resuscitation science.
Speakers from left to right: Sam Parnia, MD, PhD (Director of Critical Care & Resuscitation Research at the NYU School of Medicine), Sarah Perman, MD (University of Colorado School of Medicine), Tom Aufderheide, MD, MS, FACEP, FACC, FAHA (Medical College of Wisconsin), Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD (University of California, Riverside), and Stephan Mayer, MD, FCCM (Wayne State School of Medicine)

We see it in television dramas all the time—a patient in cardiac arrest is rushed into the ER after a severe traumatic injury or medical emergency, with a staff of medical professionals frantically performing CPR. Tension is high and doctors have to figure out how to save the person's life. Beyond the theatrics of primetime drama, the field of medicine has been making major strides to reverse cardiac arrest and death.

In this video you'll hear directly from top physicians and researchers who are at the cutting edge of resuscitation science. Moderated by Sam Parnia, this discussion brought together internationally-recognized researcher in emergency cardiac care, Tom Aufderheide; distinguished happiness research psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky; world expert in neurological intensive care Stephan Mayer; and Sarah Perman, a leader in resuscitation science and post-cardiac arrest care.

Want to hear more cutting-edge science distilled for the public? Check out the final event in our three-part series, "The Power of Wonder: Modern Marvels in the Age of Science."