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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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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What can I expect when having a vagal nerve stimulation device operation?

What can I expect when having a vagal nerve stimulation device operation?

VNS surgery: is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. The procedure takes about an hour. Two incisions are made, one just under the collar bone on the left for the device (it is placed under the skin on top of the muscle). A second incision is made in the neck to attach the lead to the vagus nerve in the carotid sheath. The device is tested before plastic surgery is done to close. Home in 2-3 hrs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vagal nerve stimulation?

What is the definition or description of: vagal nerve stimulation?

Electrical pulses : Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker commonly implanted under skin in the chest. ...Read more

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Can I use a continuous hr monitoring device like fitbit to predict chances of a cardiac arrest or similar issues.

Can I use a continuous hr monitoring device like fitbit to predict chances of a cardiac arrest or similar issues.

No: If you are concerned about this you should speak with your physician. If you are asymptomatic with no family history of heart problems your risk of a cardiac arrest at age 34 is negligible. Heart attacks rarely occur below age 40, with some exceptions. Other causes of "cardiac arrest " occur but are NOT at all common, such as: cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and conduction(electrical)problems. ...Read more

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What OTC medications can directly cause cardiac arrest within 24 hours?

What OTC medications can directly cause cardiac arrest within 24 hours?

Over-the-Counter Medications: Over-the-Counter Medications, depend on what you want to by. The list is infinite. Vitamins, analgesics, cough meds, weight loss. In the event you have allergic reaction, all may go bad, therefore you always must read the side effects, contraindications, and interactions with medications you are taking, and check it in the internet. Usually cardiac arrest is well spelled out and in bold letters, ...Read more

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Wat causes a heart attack. Do all lead to cardiac arrest?

Wat causes a heart attack. Do all lead to cardiac arrest?

Narrowed artery: Heart attack is usually caused by narrowing of a coronary artery to the heart. When the artery occludes from slow flow of blood through a narrowed artery damage to the heart muscle occurs . That is a heart attack.Not all heart attacks lead to cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Is it possible for atrial flutter to cause cardiac arrest?

Is it possible for atrial flutter to cause cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest is a term when the heart can't pump any blood. Atrial flutter rarely causes this problem unless there is very fast conduction into the lower part of the heart or if the atrial flutter degenerated into another rhythm condition (this may occur in patients with significant structural heart disease). ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic zpac cause a person to go into cardiac arrest?

Can the antibiotic zpac cause a person to go into cardiac arrest?

Azithromycin: Zpac (azithromycin) is a highly effective antibiotic that is well tolerated with few side effects. The rate of allergy is less than that of other antibiotics such as sulfa and penicillin. Thanks to dr. Werner for pointing out recent studies showing it can rarely prolong qt interval, an effect on the heart that in susceptible people can lead to deadly rhythm problems. See his comment for details. ...Read more

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Can mental stress cause a cardiac arrest? Or in an elderly patient would this be rare?

Can mental stress cause a cardiac arrest? Or in an elderly patient would this be rare?

Rare but possible: It's very rare, but the incidence of heart attack (with arrest) increases during periods of stress. One published account looked at the incidence of heart attacks in LA immediately before and after the big earthquake in the '90s. (absolute number was low, yet much higher relatively after the earthquake). ...Read more

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What are the chances of survival after a small heart attack that causes a cardiac arrest?

What are the chances of survival after a small heart attack that causes a cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: It is the cardiac arrest, not the heart attack that is concerning. The faster a patient receives medical attention during a cardiac arrest and the faster a normal heart rhythm is restored, the more likely the patient will do well. ...Read more

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I have an incomplete right bundle branch block is it dangerous nd can cause a cardiac arrest?

I have an incomplete right bundle branch block is it dangerous nd can cause a cardiac arrest?

Irbbb usually safe: Irbbb is usually an ECG anomaly that may speak of some right sided enlargement or strain (can occur in atrial septal defect or in pulmonary processes with right heart strain ). It can also occur innocuously and unrelated to cardiac structural changes. It does not typically imply impending conduction system collapse and is not a predictor for cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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What causes the heart too beat to fast in sudden cardiac arrest and makes the electrical system go crazy?

What causes the heart too beat to fast in sudden cardiac arrest and makes the electrical system go crazy?

Ventricular fibrilla: Ventricular fibrillation causing sudden cardiac death can occur in people with normal or abnormal heart. Those with no structural heart disease such as Long QT Syndrome ,Brugada Syndrome ,etc cause by genetic mutation in ionic channels. In people with structural heart disease Coronary artery disease is common in people over 50 and in younger people ,cardiomyopathy specially Hypertrophic Cardiomy ...Read more

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I have anterior valve redundancy with no prolapse, with trivial regurgitation, can this cause cardiac arrest?

I have anterior valve redundancy with no prolapse, with trivial regurgitation, can this cause cardiac arrest?

MV prolapse: Cardiac arrest is highly unlikely. More imortantly, you need serial follow up with echo to rule out progression of the disease. Surgery is indicated only if regurgitation worsens. ...Read more

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Is oxycodone the same as oxycotin. Can oxycodone given at 325mg cause hyperkalemia and cardiac arrest?

Is oxycodone the same as oxycotin. Can oxycodone given at 325mg cause hyperkalemia and cardiac arrest?

Same: Oxycontin is a brand name for oxycodone. It is a schedule ii controlled substance. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, dizziness or headache. Most serious side effect is respiratory depression or arrest. The "325" you mention is not the oxycodone dose. Must be the Acetaminophen (tylenol) content. Stay under 4000mg/day of Acetaminophen to avoid liver damage. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) better at treating panic disorder than ativan or klonipin? & is there any possibility it causes any cardiac effects? Cardiac arrest, arrythmia

Is Xanax (alprazolam) better at treating panic disorder than ativan or klonipin? & is there any possibility it causes any cardiac effects? Cardiac arrest, arrythmia

Xanax (alprazolam): It is more potent during the panic attack due to its rapid onset of action, although with all those meds. There is potential for abuse, dependency & withdrawal. Any of them at doses higher than recommended daily dose, or if taken along with other meds. That adds to their effect, can lead to respiratory depression & cardiac problems. Close monitoring by a qualified physician is strongly advised. ...Read more

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How high would your heart rate have to be to cause cardiac arrhythmia or cardiac arrest?

Depends...: There are heart rhythmn disorders that do not begin with an elevated heart rate. Not all cardiac arrhythmias are due to an elevated heart rate. There are rhythmn disorders that have a normal heart rate or even a slow heart rate. A normal or slow heart rate does not rule put an arrhythmia. ...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


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Vagal Nerve Stimulation (Definition)

Vagus nerve stimulation prevents seizures by sending small pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. These pulses are supplied by a device something like a pacemaker commonly implanted under ...Read more