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Is cardiac arrest a painful way to go?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Maybe: If cardiac arrest is the result of infarction the angina associated with the event can be painful. If cardiac arrest is due to an arrhythmia you might pass out before noticing what even happened. In between these two extremes there is a huge range of symptoms.
Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
No: People who experience cardiac arrest usually lose consciousness very rapidly so in general would not feel a lot of pain.

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Is having a cardiac arrest a painful way to die?

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Not particularly.: It's more like a fainting spell without recovery.
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Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way ?

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By itself - NO: Cardiac arrest leed to stoping in blood flow and this result in unconsciousness. There can be pain just before depending on the cause of cardiac arrest ( massive heart attack ) or after cardiac arrest due to successful resuscitation efforts.

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