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Cardiac arrest and brain inflammation, how are these related?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Hypoxia related: It is believed that during cardiac arrest and during all the efforts to save a person, there is hypoxia to the brain and this causes inflammation. There are also the release of hormones during the stress causing the inflammation. In some facilities where it is available, head trauma and cardiac arrest are treated with hypothermia to decrease and calm inflammation and decrease o2 need.
Answered on Jan 27, 2014

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