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Can a defibrillator restart a heart that stopped?

Can a defibrillator restart a heart that stopped?

Yes: Depending on why the heart stopped, debrillators can definitely restart a heart that has stopped. It is always worth a try. ...Read more

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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more


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How does a defibrillator restart a stopped heart?

How does a defibrillator restart a stopped heart?

By resetting it: A defibrillator restart a heart in an abnormal rhythm, the defibrillator sends an electrical shock to clear the abnormal rhythm, with the hope that the normal heart rhythm will restart. If there is no electrical activity- flat line, or asytole. There is no role for a defibrillator. ...Read more

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If someone's heart stops from ventricular fibrillation, will a defibrillator restore heart rhythm or is it too late?

If someone's heart stops from ventricular fibrillation, will a defibrillator restore heart rhythm or is it too late?

ICD: Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs. If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives. ...Read more

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Can cpr restart a stopped heart?

Can cpr restart a stopped heart?

Absolutely: CPR is pushing on the chest to "pump" for the heart when the heart stops. When done early and effectively, it can definitely restart the heart. I would encourage you to learn CPR and basic life support. ...Read more

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Can the heart stop beating when one is having a cardiac arrest?

Can the heart stop beating when one is having a cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: A heart attack is when a blood vessel to the heart blocks off and a part of the heart is damaged. A cardiac arrest can be the result of a heart attack. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping for one reason or another. A heart attack can cause cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest isn't necessarily caused by a heart attack. It canbe an ineffective heart rhythm. ...Read more

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What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

Medtronic's: This is a question for the manufacturer and their engineers. Google Medtronic's @: http://www.medtronicdiagnostics.com/us/cardiac-monitors/reveal-linq/ ...Read more

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Can someone who has had a cardiac arrest and heart stops continue to breathe?

Can someone who has had a cardiac arrest and heart stops continue to breathe?

Usually not: Once the heart arrests, the rest of the body begins to shut down until circulation is restored. Which is why its so important to get an AED or shock the heart using a defibrillator. Even if breathing continues, it is useless because there is not blood perfusing the lungs to pick up the oxygen and take it back to the heart. ...Read more

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During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?

During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?

New Heart: During a heart transplant, the patient is put on a bypass machine. What this means is that the patient's blood is pumped through an external device, and then back into the patient. Kind of like an external heart. The patient is taken off the bypass machine with a new heart that beats, generally speaking. ...Read more

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Would the heart rhythm different during a heart attack? Can it be detected with a stereoscope?

Would the heart rhythm different during a heart attack?  Can it be detected with a stereoscope?

No: You need a ekg tracing to detect an abnormal rhythm - if you are having symptoms , please go see a physician immidiately. ...Read more

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Why does it take 12hrs from a suspected heart attack to take a blood test to if it was a heart attack or not?

Why does it take 12hrs from a suspected heart attack to take a blood test to if it was a heart attack or not?

See below...: As the heart muscle dies due to lack of oxygen (ischemia), different cardiac muscle proteins and enzymes are released in the blood at different times. The ultra sensitive troponin test is positive in about 80% of people with MI in 2-3 hours of presentation. However, if the initial test is negative, then the troponin levels must be followed over time to see if they are rising to the MI level. ...Read more

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27 years old EKG found that I have a right ventricular conduction delay . Is that dangerous and can it lead to a heart attack ?

See cardiologist: Would return to discuss results with provider who ordered ECG. Likely, evaluation by cardiac heart rhythm specialist & echocardiogram is needed to ensure no less common, but more dangerous underlying conditions exist. It's likely normal for you, but genetic conditions, structural problems, & causes of "arrythmias" are possible. Call 911 if dizzy, breathless, chest pain, or pass out. ...Read more

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Can the heart still be beat after a person is dead?

Can the heart still be beat after a person is dead?

Death: The brain can be nonfunctional while the heart still retains the ability to contract. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have mini heart attacks over a period?

Is it possible to have mini heart attacks over a period?

Yes: A lot of people have silent coronary disease where they are unaware of what is going on. Best is to make sure your blood pressure is well controlled and that you eat healthy, avoid processed foods and limit the inflammation in your body that sometimes also stems from food. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to experience a heart attack after your heart has been broken?

Is it possible to experience a heart attack after your heart has been broken?

Not exactly. : There actually *is* a phenomenon of a stress induced cardiomyopathy, but it is generally seen in post-menopausal women. Sometimes called "broken heart syndrome" as it can take place in the setting of grieving over a lost spouse. Another name is "takotsubo cardiomyopathy ". Ekg changes of heart attack but clean coronaries. Prognosis usually better with shorter treatment. ...Read more

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Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Yes: Both of these problems are due to issues not addressed by the pacemaker. A heart attack is generally due to a blockage and a heart artery, and cardiac arrest is usually due to an exceedingly fast heart rate where the pacemaker only fixes slow heart rates. A defibrillator is the device of choice to treat cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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