ANA Investigates Neuroprognostication After Cardiac Arrest: Nihilism vs. Over Optimism


Football fans may remember in January 2023 when Damar Hamlin, a player for the Buffalo Bills, suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game on live television. He had a remarkable neurologic recovery, prompting us to focus our podcast that month on the need to avoid nihilism when we prognosticate after cardiac arrest. But what is the right balance between pessimism and optimism? Today, we'll hear from Dr. Karen Hirsch, neuro intensivist and associate professor of neurology at Stanford, about finding the Goldilocks zone in neuro prognostication after cardiac arrest. Dr. Hirsch was interviewed by Dr. Sarah Stern-Nezer, vascular neurologist and neuro intensivist at UC Irvine. Series 5, Episode 7

Guest: Dr. Karen Hirsch, Stanford Health Care
Interviewer/Producer: Dr. Sara Stern-Nezer, University of California, Irvine