NYT: The higher the floor you live on, the lower your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, according to a new study.
This would tract with studies that already prove a rapid response to cardiac arrest is vital. Anything that delays that response decreases survival chances. Including obstacles in gaining building entrance by first responders, and even the speed of elevators to higher floors.
It's because a cardiac arrest studied here is not the same as many other forms of "heart attack". It's sudden, the classic image of the person who suddenly clutches their chest and falls to the ground helpless.
There are also types of "slow" heart attack (I won't attempt all the medical terminology), where some victims even drive themselves to the ER. Our best friend had one of those, while he was out horseback riding almost 2 years ago, And after arriving conscious at the ER in his own car and was stabilized, he was given a quadruple heart bypass. He's alive today.
So this is good information to keep in mind, if one is at a higher risk for heart disease. Whether yourself or someone close to you.