Is high-rise living a health risk?

People who live in high-rise condos are at greater risk of dying according to a study by medics, published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The research found that of victims of a cardiac arrest who called 911 in Toronto, 4.2 per cent of almost 6,000 victims who lived on the first or second floor survived. For those living on the third floor or above the survival rate dropped to 2.6 per cent (out of 1844 patients); for those above floor 16 just 0.9 per cent lived; none survived above the 25th!

Dr Brian Goldman of CBC Radio noted that the only factor that set the different patients apart was the floor that they lived on and the additional time taken for paramedics to reach them. He is calling for paramedics to be given the same exclusive-access key to elevators that firefighters have. In the meantime, that penthouse apartment is suddenly looking a little less attractive.

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