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What is sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Arrhythmia: Scd typically refers to a sudden loss of effective contraction of the heart muscle and implies a life-threatening arrhythmia. Usually this is VT or vf. It occurs primarily in patients with a damaged heart (cardiomyopathy, postmi) where there is scar tissue that alters normal electrical conduction. It can also occur in patients w nl hearts (brugada syndrome, arvd, long qt) which are rare.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens during a sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Timing: If the person has signs of obvious death (rigor / livor / rubor / calor -mortis =dependent blood pooling, rigid muscles, cool/cold to touch, etc.), then most jurisdictions allow declaration of death, police notification & they stand by for medical examiner. If recent collapse or can't tell (scd), then start cpr, secure the airway, start iv, give meds/shocks and transport to er.
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What is the treatment for sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Cardiology 35 years experience
Sudden death: Acls procedures for cpr, along with defibrillation, and antiarrhythmic drug initiation. After stabilizing, next goal is to determine whether the event was a primary arrythmia event or whether it occurred secondary to something else (heart attack, oxygenation, or electrolyte abnormality).
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Sudden cardiac death: Is usually an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation with sudden inability of the heart to pump that can occur with or without a sudden clot of a coronary artery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can sudden cardiac death work in teenagers?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Sudden death: Hopefully it doesn't, usually there is a congenital abnormality which triggers a fatal rhythm. Abnormal coronary arteries and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are common ones but there are others.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can having an ECG rule out sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ECG : An ECG is just a test. If it is normal you likely aren't dead just then. It doesn't preclude the possibility of future sudden cardiac death.

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