Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Whether you survive a heart attack may depend on where you live, according to new research.
The research shows that people who experience cardiac arrest are half as likely to get CPR from a bystander in low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods as in richer, predominantly white areas.
A similar trend was seen in poor white and Latino neighborhoods. In low-income white neighborhoods, for example, cardiac arrest victims were 35 percent less likely to receive CPR than those in higher-income areas.
Researchers looked at more than 14,000 cases of cardiac arrest in 29 cities around the country.
About a quarter of those patients received CPR from a bystander, and for those who did, the odds of making it to a hospital and surviving were double.