‘Groundbreaking’ study helped increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests in Atlantic City casinos

‘Groundbreaking’ study helped increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests in Atlantic City casinos

Article brief provided by PlayNJ
  • Stephanie Loder, PlayNJ
August 19, 2023 1:15 PM

What are the odds that you stand a better chance of surviving a heart attack in a casino than anywhere else outside of a hospital? According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, it’s a good bet.

The study reported that a patient needs to get life-saving defibrillation from an AED (automatic external defibrillator) within two minutes of suffering a heart attack. AEDs are small, portable units that can diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias.

Because Atlantic City casinos have AEDs and trained personnel, the odds of surviving are in your favor if the attack happens at a casino.

“Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time, and the chances of survival decrease with each passing minute,” said Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Atlantic City and president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.