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Recorded on May 8, 2023 2 pm – 3 pm Eastern

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Outcomes

By Varsha Vakil, PhD, MPH


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Topic Overview:

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a major public health concern with survival rates in the United States at only 8%. Additionally, the low survival rates are stagnant for decades. Houston, TX, is the 4th largest city in the US, with a population of more than 2 million. Houston is also the most ethnically diverse city with people from 90 nations residing here. The 10-year research conducted by Dr. Varsha Vakil revealed racial disparity among the population most-affected with OHCA and the administration of the prompt and timely Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BCPR). Dr. Vakil also discusses the importance of CPR training and AED use.



1. Examining Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) survival outcomes in Houston, TX

2. Evaluating the population most affected with OHCA in Houston, TX

3. Creating awareness on the importance of Bystander CPR skills


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Varsha Vakil has expertise in public health, clinical and basic science research.

Varsha Vakil, PhD, MPH, is currently employed as an Epidemiologist (CDC Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, And Environmental Diseases Coordinator), at the Houston Health Dept. (HHD), Houston, TX. Before pursuing her career in public health Varsha conducted Neuroscience research under the guidance of State University of New York’s (SUNY – Brooklyn) Nobel laureate Dr. Robert F. Furchgott. She later moved to Houston, TX, and continued with basic science research at the Rice University.

She pursued her MPH at the University of Texas, Houston, and interned at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. Her MPH preceptor was Dr. Frederic E. Shaw, MMWR Editor-in-Chief. Varsha achieved her Doctorate from the Rush University, Chicago, her research mentor was Dr. David Persse – Houston’s Public Health Authority and Dr. Loren Hopkins from the HHD-Environmental Division.


Varsha has been the recipient of several awards, one specifically is – ‘In Recognition of Promoting Positive Morale in Workplace Through Supportive and Collaborative Efforts’ as the Employee of the Quarter Award’ at the Houston Health Dept.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 17664.


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