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Dr. Creighton Wright
3,921 doctors shared insights

Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way ?

Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way ?

In general...no: In general...No. Ventricular fibrillation causes loss of consciousness almost immediately. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Both: It is a sign- the culmination and end result of any and all diseases. ...Read more

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Is asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Is asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Sort of: Is a calf a cow? If you are making veal parm? Cardiac arrest is the loss of pumping ability of the heart. That is measured as cardiac output (units l/min). In cardiac arrest it is 0. Asystole is usually used to refer to the lack of electrical activity in the heart. If the electrical system could be measured, it would be measured in amps (current or electrons /sec). In asystole that is 0. ...Read more

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Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

Yes: It is technically called asystole and means that there is no electrical activity in the heart. A cardiac arrest can also occur without flatlining-called PEA-pulseless electrical activity. There is activity seen on EKG or monitor, but no pumping activity, usually fatal. ...Read more

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How could i decrease risk of cardiac arrest?

How could  i decrease risk of  cardiac arrest?

Preventive cardiac: Behavior and choices! no smoking regular exercize check BP and cholesterol/ fats avoid atherosclerosis, and coronary disease. ...Read more

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How to know if i just went into cardiac arrest?

Depends: If you go into cardiac arrest, after about 10 seconds you will pass out, lights out. If the cardiac contraction and rythm do not resume spontaneously you will be brain dead within 5 minutes. So after 10 seconds if you do not get rescued, you will never know if you went into cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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How can a pro athlete die from a cardiac arrest?

How can a pro athlete die from a cardiac arrest?

Many reasons...: Sometimes there is an unknown congenital heart defect which goes undiagnosed and then results in a sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. Sometimes, an object, like a baseball, hits the chest at just the right time during the cardiac cycle resulting in cardiac arrest. So, there are many reasons for this unfortunate event to occur. ...Read more

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What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

Lights out: When BP drops below 60mm/hg, loss of consciousness usually occurs, therefore you may still remain conscious for a few seconds after the heart stops. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating cardiac arrest?

I want to know my options for treating cardiac arrest?

Yes or No: Your only option is to decide in advance. Either you want to be resuscitated, or you wish have a "do not resuscitate" order/ advanced directive.. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

Most cardiac arrest episodes are due to the heart rhythm becoming inadequate to pump blood to the body. Ventricular fibrillation is commonly the abnormal rhythm associated with cardiac arrest. If effective rhythm isn't ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more