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

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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How can I prevent hypovolemic cardiac arrest?

How can I prevent hypovolemic cardiac arrest?

Stay hydrated: Hypovolemic cardiac arrest is rare - usually from trauma (alot of blood loss all at once). In general, a person should try to stay "euvolemic" - not too much fluid on board and not too little - dehydration.. But even a fairly dehydrated person is more likely to have cardiac issues from blood electrolyte issues and not from hypovolemia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how propofol may cause heart dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me how propofol may cause heart dysfunction leading to cardiac arrest?

Anesthesia: Propofol is an anesthesia. It goes to the brain, and depresses the breathing center. This causes hypoxia to all tissues including the heart. The hypoxia also causes acidosis from anaerobic respiration, and vasodilatation and drop in bp. This all lead to hypoxia of tissues including heart muscles, and eventual death of tissues. ...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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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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How long can a person be in cardiac arrest and ressurect?

Survival rate : Of people that receive initial emergency treatment by ambulance is less than 5%, with 15% returning to spontaneous circulation. With defibrillation within 3-5mins the survival can increase to 30%. Survival depend on the cause of the arrest, circumstances, age. Every minute without oxygen to the organs, specially the brain, decrease the recovery without permanent damage. ...Read more

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How often does cpr work to revive someone from cardiac arrest?

How often does cpr work to revive someone from cardiac arrest?

It depends: With the exception of hypothermia (cold exposure) and certain drowning situations, CPR is successful in less than 25% of cases. ...Read more

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How does sudden fright or shock lead to a cardiac arrest?

How does sudden fright or shock lead to a cardiac arrest?

Adrenaline: A sudden fright or other event can cause a rush of adrenaline (aka epinephrine) that then causes an increased risk of a fatal arrhythmia. This would be vanishingly rare without severe preexisting disease. ...Read more

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How can you tell when someone goes into cardiac arrest?

How can you tell when someone goes into cardiac arrest?

No pulse: Cardiac arrest as the name implies is when the heart stops. When your heart stops beating, blood carrying oxygen does not flow to your body and brain. The body ceases all functions (you stop breathing, you are unconscious, the skin turns pale or blue). The best way to tell if someone is in cardiac arrest is to use a heart monitor (like carried by ems personel) to monitor activity of the heart. ...Read more

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How can pericarditis lead to a cardiac tamponade?

Fluid accumulation: Serous or bloody fluid accumulates in response to the irritation -itis! it only takes a small amount to fill the pericardial sac and compress the heart-tamponade. ...Read more

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What can cause soccer players to go into cardiac arrest?

What can cause soccer players to go into cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: The most common reasons would be hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long qt syndrome, and several other genetic defects. The cause is usually a lethal arrhythmia such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. A pre-participation physical will not always find these problems, unless a family history suggests looking specifically for them. ...Read more

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Can a cardiac arrest cause respiratory failure?

Can a cardiac arrest cause respiratory failure?

Yes...: Cardiac arrest means that the heart is no longer beating. When the heart stops, breathing also stops, called a respiratory arrest. However, a person can stop breathing even though their heart is still beating; the reverse cannot be true! ...Read more

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How can someone go from athletic to heart failure?

How can someone go from athletic to heart failure?

ATHLETIC TO CHF: By being careless with your health.Overeating and getting obese, not getting check ups, if diagnosed with diabetes, high bp, high cholesterol, smoking and excessive drinking, not following medical advice and inactivity, not much exercise and history of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension in the family all these factors can contribute to an athlete to go into heart failure. ...Read more

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How can sudden fright or shock cause cardiac arrest?

How can  sudden fright or shock cause cardiac arrest?

Rarely if ever: There is coronary spasm as a known entity, but not so much from fright! fight, fright, flight does stimulate a significant chemical Epinephrine and norepinephrine response and superimposed on coronary atherosclerosis could cause trouble. ...Read more

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Can you die from a cardia arrhythmia?

Can you die from a cardia arrhythmia?

Yes!: There are several benign arrythmias which do not directly cause death. These include premature atrial contractions, isolated premature ventricular contractions and atrial fibrillation. Frequent premature ventricular contractions (called runs), ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation can affect blood flow to the heart (heart attack) and brain (stroke) and result in death. ...Read more

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Can you define cardiac output?

Can you define cardiac output?

Cardiac output: Stroke volume times heart rate equals cardiac output. Stroke volume relates to myocardial contractility, vascular resistance, vascular volume, anemia and metabolic state. There are subcomponents to all of these. ...Read more

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What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

Call 911: If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a cardiac arrest, someone else will have to do it for you. ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

The abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not ...Read more