Despite enormous steps in medical technology and growing awareness, cardiac disease remains one of the greatest threat to public health. Therefore, it is of vital importance to increase awareness on risk factors for acute cardiac events, to alleviate relevant hazards and to improve resuscitation techniques that a layperson should perform when encountered with the worst scenario, namely, cardiac arrest. In this context, basic life support has gained popularity among masses which proved fruitful in the rates of successful resuscitations. In the last decades, the scientific community has witnessed major advances in cardiac biomarkers, electrocardiographic monitoring, defibrillation, therapeutic temperature management, capnography and other instruments and methods to diminish the death toll resulting from cardiac diseases and acute events leading to deadly pathways. However, unequal propagation of the medical knowledge mandates us to provide means to convey up-to-date information i.e., algorithms to perform procedures with respect to evidence-based medicine in due indications.
This special issue was intended to focus on the new opportunities for diagnosing cardiac events and for optimal resuscitation of these, in order to save more lives as possible.
Cardiac arrest and resuscitation in the 21st Century
Ozgur Karcioglu Professor, FEMAT, Chairman University of Health Sciences Turkey Submission date: 2018-10-22