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Cardiac arrest related to brain inflammation?

Cardiac arrest related to brain inflammation?

Cause of death: Brain swelling (edema) will eventually cause the brain to herniate through one of the layers of protective scaffolding. This usually leads to wild fluctuations in blood pressure and rapidly to respiratory and cardiac arrest. However, the cause of death is the cause of the brian edema, not the cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Can the brain regenrate after cardiac arrest after 30min.?

Can the brain regenrate after cardiac arrest after 30min.?

Generally not: It depends on the specific situation, but if the brain has been deprived of oxygen for more than 12 to 14 minutes, the damage is (usually) at least partly irreversible. A relatively new technique called therapeutic hypothermia improves the statistics somewhat, but the outcomes for many patients are still poor. ...Read more

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Is there brain function during a cardiac arrest?

Is there brain function during a cardiac arrest?

No: Cardiac arrest means- heart not beating, hence no blood flow/ circulation- brain does not function when there is no blood supply. ...Read more

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Does hypoxia by itself lead to cardiac arrest?

Does hypoxia by itself lead to cardiac arrest?

Potentially: Hypoxia means an inadequate amount of oxygen in the blood. Is can lead to vital organs not receiving enough oxygen to survive. If the heart is starved for oxygen this can lead to ischemia or heart cell death which can cause either failure or an abnormal rhythm which leads to a cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can paitents of heart sarcoidosis go into cardiac arrest?

Can paitents of heart sarcoidosis go into cardiac arrest?

Yes: Sarcoidosis of the heart can block the electrical system and cause both arrhythmias and heart block which can lead to cardiac arrest. This is a very serious condition and sometimes requires a pacemaker or even an implantable defibrillator. Cardiology consultation and management is highly desirable. ...Read more

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Is ventricular fibrillation the cause of cardiac arrest?

Is ventricular fibrillation the cause of cardiac arrest?

One of them: It is the most common heart arrhythmia associated with cardiac arrest. It is not exact to call it the cause, since ventricular fibrillation itself has an underlying cause, most commonly coronary artery disease, but there are others. ...Read more

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66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. prognosis?

66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. prognosis?

Guarded: I am sorry for this situation. No one can say for sure what will happen, but from your description, I think the prognosis would be guarded. ...Read more

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Can mulitfocal pvcs lead to cardiac arrest?

Yes: If a PVC hits in the wrong area of rhythym ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation can be induced. It is an infrequent occurrence but is possible. ...Read more

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Can propranolol cause heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest?

Can propranolol cause heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest?

No: No. Matthew you have asked about virtually every beta blocker out there. Ate you talking with your physician? ...Read more

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Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

A first: I am not aware of any reports of this happening, and a quick search of the literature turned up nothing. ...Read more

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Can marijuana cause cardiac arrest?

Can marijuana cause cardiac arrest?

Yes, it can: Please read the accompanying article which is full of interesting information on marijuana: cardiac arrest following cannabis use: a case report www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2783157 more reports and statistics are found in the following article: could marijuana cause cardiac arrest? - ehealthme www.Ehealthme.Com/ds/marijuana/cardiac+arrest pleasant reading and spread the word. ...Read more

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Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Yes: If a pacemaker lead perforated the right atrial or ventricular wall....If suspected echocardiogram should be ordered immediately. ...Read more

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Why iinduced coma if brain damage?

Why iinduced coma if brain damage?

Brain protection: If a brain is swollen and fragile, sometimes a coma is induced to prevent the pressure inside the head from becoming too high and causing additional damage. ...Read more

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Cardiac arrest from high potassium treatment in er?

Cardiac arrest from high potassium treatment in er?

High potassium: Yes I have seen this and had a family with several who died from it. Well in them they were treating low K and got it too high. So need more information. Happy to do 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Cardiac arrest v.S.Respiratory failure, what's the difference?

Cardiac arrest v.S.Respiratory failure, what's the difference?

See below: This refers in general to what the primary underlying problem is. Cardiac arrest means that the main problem was the heart, whereas respiratory failure suggests that the main problem was the lungs. ...Read more

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Can swallowing anesthesia lead to cardiac arrest?

Can swallowing anesthesia lead to cardiac arrest?

Which one?: Possible but extremely unlikely depending upon type & amount. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cardiac (Definition)

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