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A 39-year-old member asked:

can breaking up with someone cause cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cardiac arrest: Emotional distress can cause cardiac arrest in a patient with an unstable underlying cardiac matrix.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Unlikely: Nothing is impossible, but heartburn, heart throbs, heartache, is more common than heart attack!
Dr. Michael Mascia
Critical Care 49 years experience
Yes, but not likely.: Patients with coronary artery disease + other heart disease r @ risk 4 stress induced arrythmias. These r irregular heart rhythms, the most serious of which is cardiac arrest. So, yes, the stress of a breakup, or major loss of any kind may contribute 2 cardiac arrest in a patient with heart disease. This would b unlikely in a healthy person, but go c a doc if u do not feel right. Dr mike.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you tell when someone goes into cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Alexander Schermer
Emergency Medicine 22 years experience
No pulse: Cardiac arrest as the name implies is when the heart stops. When your heart stops beating, blood carrying oxygen does not flow to your body and brain. The body ceases all functions (you stop breathing, you are unconscious, the skin turns pale or blue). The best way to tell if someone is in cardiac arrest is to use a heart monitor (like carried by ems personel) to monitor activity of the heart.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What's the first thing to do if you see someone go into cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Chest compressions: During cardiac arrest the heart is no longer able to effectively pump blood to the rest of the body. As a result, the brain does not receive enough oxygen which causes the patient to "pass out" and become unresponsive.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can the after effect of a cardiac arrest affect your thinking power?

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: During a cardiac arrest, there is not blood flow, and thus oxygen to the brain. Even is someone survies, they may have brain damage. At times it can be minor, but may have an affect on someones memory, congnition, personality.
A 43-year-old member asked:

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.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

What is cardiac arrest?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Cardiac arrest: By definition, cardiac arrest is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract..

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