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March 29, 2012

Cardiac cocktail delivered by medics may save lives

The mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium, or GIK, show remarkable success in preventing full cardiac arrest

AFP

CHICAGO — Paramedics armed with a cheap, three-ingredient injection cocktail were able to reduce heart attack patients' risk of dying by 50 percent, said a US study released on Tuesday.

When the shot was given early to patients with signs of a heart attack, the mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium, or GIK, showed remarkable success in preventing full cardiac arrest — when the heart stops beating — and even death.

Full story: Cardiac cocktail delivered by medics may save lives

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