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Can Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey Cause A Cardiac Arrest
Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?
Quitting alcohol: It can be a problem quitting alcohol cold turkey, if you have built up a tolerance. WDRL symptoms from alcohol occur 24-72 hours after the last drink. If you start to feel shaky without alcohol, that is a sign that you could have more severe WDRL symptoms. A person needs to drink at least one pint per day for 30 days to have WDRL symptoms can consist of seizures requiring medical attention. ...Read more
Yes: Cardiac involvement in sarcoid is not uncommon but most pts experience arrrhythmias that are usually self limited. However some pts cand develop extensive granulomatous infiltration of the heart conduction system and are at risk for suuden death defibrillators have been of some help. Also pts with advanced fibrosi can develop a rv cardiomyopathy with increased potential for arrest. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vagal stimuli: Sinus arrest, results in asystole. The atrioventricular node may rescue with an idioventricular rhythm in the 30's. If this doesn't rescue within 10 seconds, syncope usually happens. If it extends beyond 20 seconds this is cardiac arrest. If rescue pacing or CPR not started, brain death occurs within 5 minutes. Total asystole may be caused by acute severe hyperkalemia. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Sinus arrest is a cardiac arrest initially affecting the atria. Usually, an idioventricular escape rythm follows but when it doesn't then total asysyole occurs resulting in sudden death. Acute hyperkalemia of enough severity could cause total asystole. Sinus arrest can be triggered by vagal stimulation. ...Read more
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