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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 to go into cardiac arrest from a tonsil surgery?

How to go into cardiac arrest from a tonsil surgery?

Carotid receptors : Patients may develop cardia arrest from any kind of surgery. Regarding to solar surgery ( tonsillectomy ) since anatomically are located close to carotids , it may cause mechanical pressure on carotid receptors and cause bradycardia and possibly arrest. It's not very common anyway... ...Read more

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How can someone have cardiac arrest from tonsil surgery?

How can someone have cardiac arrest from tonsil surgery?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest related to tonsil surgery is the same as cardiac arrest from any anesthetic procedure. There are multiple possible causes but usually hypoxia or a toxic effect of the anesthetic are involved and often an underlying known or unsuspected cardiac problem. It is a complex problem and fortunately uncommon. ...Read more

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There is an article about how a girl died from going into cardiac arrest from tonsil surgery. How does that happen?

Possibilities....: These types of cases are often related to anesthesia complications. Not sure about the exact case you are referring to but, thankfully, this is an uncommon complication of surgery. When it does happen, it is usually due to an anesthesia complication. ...Read more

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How likely is it to die or have severe complications from breast augmention surgery? Such as cardiac arrest or blood clot ?

How likely is it to die or have severe complications from breast augmention surgery? Such as cardiac arrest or blood clot ?

Very low: The risks you describe are anesthetic complications which are usually less than 1 of 1000. Breast augmentation does have complications of infection or wound related problems on the order of 2-4%. Late complications like capsular contracture or deflation may occur in 20% or more patients. ...Read more

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What can happen if your heart starts to beat too quickly? I need to know if you can go into cardiac arrest or something like that. Are there any procedures/surgeries that could fix it?

What can happen if your heart starts to beat too quickly? I need to know if you can go into cardiac arrest or something like that. Are there any procedures/surgeries that could fix it?

Yes: Most tachyarrythmias- fast heart can be treated medically, or specifically diagnosed, and treated with electrical ablation or surgical maze operations. Venticular tachycardia and fibrillation can occur, but decreased by proper diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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After cardiac resuscitation during surgery, is it viable/possible to resume anesthetics? (Propofol/Remifentanil)

After cardiac resuscitation during surgery, is it viable/possible to resume anesthetics? (Propofol/Remifentanil)

Yes: It is conceivable , in order to terminate the surgery , not necessarily to complete it, and to take control of certain functions of the body, like the respiratory system and the oxygenation of the brain and other vital organs. ...Read more

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What cause cardiac arrest during c sections?

What cause cardiac arrest during c sections?

Or any operation: Bleeding clot embolism anesthesia or drug toxicity or interaction pre-existing heart or lung disease. Specific: amniotic or air embolism eclampsia and hypertension there are more but this is a sample. ...Read more

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Is cough really helpful during a cardiac arrest? If yes, then why and how?

Is cough really helpful during a cardiac arrest? If yes, then why and how?

Briefly: Timed cough may stimulate heart beat- PVC and temporarily push a little blood around. Cpr and defibrillation are likely to save the person. ...Read more

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What would doctors do if they went into cardiac arrest during an operation?

What would doctors do if they went into cardiac arrest during an operation?

Doctors arresting?: If i had an intraoperative arrest i would hope the anesthetist and surgeon would do chest compressions, bag valve mask me, and treat the cause of the arrest. Physicians have many opinions on how they want to be treated themselves. ...Read more

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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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What actually happens physiologically in your heart during a?Cardiac arrest?

What actually happens physiologically in your heart during a?Cardiac arrest?

Many options: Asystole , ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, torsades des pointes, . The ventricles fail to provide significant arterial flow to the aorta and the pulmonary artery, the systemic arterial pressure drops below critical level leading to cerebral hypoperffusion and syncope. If prolongued brain death occurs within 5 minutes at normothermia. ...Read more

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Is it true that coughing helps during a cardiac arrest? If yes, then why and how?

Sometimes people: Have a cardiac arrest preceded by an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. Not always from a blockage of a coronary artery. The rhythm that may respond to coughing is called ventricular tachycardia. If th epatient coughs hard, it may sometimes trigger the neves to the heart that slow the heart rate and at least temporarily return the rhythm to one that is less dangerous. But you must seek help. ...Read more

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Do you know if ventricular fibrillation is the most common rhythm during cardiac arrest?

Do you know if ventricular fibrillation is the most common rhythm during cardiac arrest?

No.: The initial rhythm causing a cardiac arrest is most usually monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (62%), followed by bradycardia (17%), then polymorphic VT (13%) and finally primary vf (8%). Most of these rhythms will eventually degenerate into vf, however. ...Read more

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Can an electrocardiogram prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young teenagers/adults who die during marathons?

Can an electrocardiogram prevent sudden cardiac arrest in young teenagers/adults who die during marathons?

Screen test: ECG is used because it is relatively inexpensive. We have no good cost effective screening test. Cardiac arrest is rare when compared to the numbers of exercising population. Tests become more effective when a specific question within the effectiveness of the test are the reason for the test. ...Read more

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In 65 y/o female with asthma and previous cardiac arrest W/ROSC during Pulm. Embolectomy W/ CPB. Which is safest method for pericardial window?

In  65 y/o female with asthma and previous cardiac arrest W/ROSC during Pulm. Embolectomy W/ CPB. Which is safest  method for pericardial window?

Complicated question: You ask a VERY complicated question about a complex medical history. The 1st thing to ascertain: "why do you need a pericardial window?" Normally, they are for recurrent cardiac effusions; despite the dramatic surgery & event, effusions aren't typical after cardiac arrest. 2nd, need to know why pulm embolism developed. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to find answers/specialists. Not enough space here. ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

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