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does cardiac arrest cause hypernatremia?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
No: Cardiac arrest is not especially associated with sodium disorders.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Not directly: Cardiac arrest by itself would not cause hypernatremia but if the patient has become dehydrated during the events that led to the cardiac arrest, that may explain it.

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At what age is a person susceptible for a heart attack?

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Annual physical: This has a tremendous amount to do with your age, medical history and family history. Please see your primary care physician to discuss your personal risk factors.
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Can smoking contribute to a heart attack?

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Are there gender differences in regards to heart attacks?

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Are there racial differences in heart attack rates?

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Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

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