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Doctor insights on: Atropine In Cardiac Arrest

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How effective is atropine for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is atropine for treating cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Atropine is not used for cardiac arrest. About the only effective drug in cardiac arrest is epinephrine. Once cardiac rhythm other than vfib or pulseless electronic activity occurs we then can try other drugs depending on what's present but at that point the arrest has converted to another pathologic state ...Read more

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Why atropine is no longer recommended for the treatment of cardiac arrest in adults?

Why atropine is no longer recommended for the treatment of cardiac arrest in adults?

Cardiac arrest: Studies have shown that during cardiac arrest Epinephrine works just as well without the routine use of atropine. Atropine should be used when cardiac arrest is secondary to a bradycardic arrest. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrest a painful way to go?

Is cardiac arrest a painful way to go?

No: People who experience cardiac arrest usually lose consciousness very rapidly so in general would not feel a lot of pain. ...Read more

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Recomedition for a cardiac arrest diet?

Recomedition for a cardiac arrest diet?

Depends on: Why you had the cardiac arrest. If due to coronary artery disease, you should avoid simple carbs and get plenty of aerobic exercise. Look at lowglycemicindex.Com. Also avoid caffeine and stimulants. If another cause, like hocm, valve disease, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia or some other cause, look to treat the underlying cause first. ...Read more

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Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

Stopped heart: Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood forward . The stoppage is usually due to to a change in the heart's electrical rhythm that prevents the muscle cells from squeezing in an organized fashion. Cardiac arrest can also occur with a normal heart rhythm, if the heart is too weak to pump blood or too empty to have blood to pump. In any case, immediate resuscitation is needed. ...Read more

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Describe the features of cardiac arrest.?

Describe the features of cardiac arrest.?

Heart stops: Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating effectively. The heart actually ceases to beat or the heart has other electrical rhythm disturbances in which the heat no longer can work as a pump. Because of the lack of blood flow to the brain, patients become comatose, and stop breathing. Unless the condition is reversed quickly, death follows. CPR can provide some protection until help arrives. ...Read more

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What are symptoms or signs of cardiac arrest?

What are symptoms or signs of cardiac arrest?

Heart disease: A cardiac arrest patient will rapidly lose consciousness, no pulse, no audible heart tones, no response to stimuli, the patient will also rapidly lose spontaneous respiration. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cardiac arrest & lived?

Is it possible to have cardiac arrest & lived?

Yes......: During a cardiac arrest, the heart stops contracting so that there is no blood being circulated to the organs. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed to restore contractility. If successful, the person survives. The longer it takes to "re-start" the heart, the more likely there will be residual effects, like brain injury due to decreased oxygen to the brain during the arrest. ...Read more

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Is having a cardiac arrest a painful way to die?

Is having a cardiac arrest a painful way to die?

Not particularly.: It's more like a fainting spell without recovery. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are signs of cardiac arrest?

How to tell if these are signs of cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest means the heart stops. Unfortunately, cardiac arrest is too often the first "symptom" of coronary artery disease. Think James Gandolfini, for example. ...Read more

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Someone had a cardiac arrest infront of me, what could I have done?

Someone had a cardiac arrest infront of me, what could I have done?

CPR: Take a cprcourse so you know how to help in that situation. Learning CPR is not difficult and neither is using an automated defibrillator if available. ...Read more

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What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

Long list: Sudden cardiac death had several causes: Coronary disease or heart attack may cause sudden cardiac death, but also sudden death can occur in patients with cardiac abnormality of the heart muscle that can be detected on echo cardiogram and sometime undetected on cardiac echo, electrical genetic anomaly may cause sudden death ...Read more

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Can stress cause a cardiac arrest?

Can stress cause a cardiac arrest?

Stress: It is possible depending on whether you have underlying medical problems or not. A more commonly recognized temporary decrease in function of the heart (takasubo's) has been related to stress. ...Read more

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Can leukemia cause a cardiac arrest?

Can leukemia cause a cardiac arrest?

No: Not in and of itself. However, some of the drugs used in the treatment od leukemia can be cardiotoxic. In addition, patients with leukemia are often very i'll and may have underlying conditions that become more problematic during treatment. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause cardiac arrest?

Can dehydration cause cardiac arrest?

Dehydration: Severe dehydration and increase the viscosity of the blood (make it more sluggish). The average normal person will tolerate this. If there is underlying limitation of blood flow to the heart (blockage in the arteries), problems could arise. ...Read more

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Can propranolol cause cardiac arrest?

Can propranolol cause cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Propranolol in extremely high dose might be able to cause bradycardic cardiac arrest. In the usual dose ranges that happenstance is unlikely. Tachycardic cardiac arrest is unlikely on propranolol. ...Read more

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Does cardiac arrest cause hypernatremia?

Does cardiac arrest cause hypernatremia?

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. ...Read more

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