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what causes cardiac arrest?

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Dr. William Goldsmith
Specializes in Critical Care
Many things: Cardiac arrest can be caused by many problems with the heart. The most common is a heart attach which can cause fatally abnormal rhythms when the heart is starved for oxygen. Arrests can also occur from abnormalities in the electrical system of the heart; from drugs or toxins; and from abnormalities of electrolytes particularly high and low potassium.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Many things: Cardiac arrest may occur in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, profound refractory shock or electrical heart problem.
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Many: Clogged arteries to the heart, pulmonary embolus, electrolye abn , congenital heart disease, drug s both legal and illegal, etc.

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What causes the cardiac arrest in a bulimic patient?

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Electrolytes or alka: The more common causes are low potassium or alkaline blood. Malnutrition can lead to a dilated heart, which can also lead to death.
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What can cause a cardiac arrest in a bulimic?

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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
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Electrolytes: Bulimia lends itself to upsetting the normal chemistry in the blood which is needed to normal functioning of the heart. Not allowing the body to absorb nutrients prevents having the needed sodium and potassium levels. When this balance is off the heart may go into a toxic rhythm leading to death.
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What can cause soccer players to go into cardiac arrest?

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Cardiac arrest: The most common reasons would be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, and several other genetic defects. The cause is usually a lethal arrhythmia such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. A pre-participation physical will not always find these problems, unless a family history suggests looking specifically for them.
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Can breaking up with someone cause cardiac arrest?

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Cardiac arrest: Emotional distress can cause cardiac arrest in a patient with an unstable underlying cardiac matrix.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the symptoms and causes of cardiac arrest ?

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You die: Once you die you will not have symptoms unless somebody saves your life with cpr. Heart disease is from smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and family history.

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