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911, CPR: If you have a cardiac arrest from a heart attack, you will be unconscious. People near you should call 911 and initiate cpr, including finding an AED if possible. ...Read more
Poisonous plants: Cocaine plants, apocynum cannabinum, english yew, doll's eye plants have cardiac toxins. ...Read more
Prescribed metoprolol ER (beta blocker)? Only 12.5 mg daily. Is this safe? Can this cause bradycardia or cardiac arrest/heart attack or anything?
Safe: That is a low dose. It can cause a slowing of the heart rate, which can be dramatic and cause symptoms in some individuals. Arrest is rare. You should have your heart rate and ECG checked initially to make sure you are ok on your current dose. ...Read more
Unusual but yes: This would be pretty unusual, but can occur. Some people have congenital abnormalities that can cause this. Additionally, use of stimulants such as Cocaine and methamphetamine scan cause this. Occasionally, we see patients who have very accelerated coronary disease- there is often a family history of early heart attacks. ...Read more
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
The heart STOPS an needs to be restarted. ....or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation begun or death occurs... IT IS A FORM OF HEART ATTACK which is a more GENERAL term for any acute heart issue (coronary etc)
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Cardiac arrest: Depends on what your "cardiac issues" are. The fact that you have had a cardiac arrest places you at higher risk for medical issues later. Treatment aagain ia dependant on what your medical issues are now. ...Read more
See below. ..: Cardiac arrest: pumping or rhythm abnormality so severe that the flow of blood thought the heart is super low or zero - incompatible with life unless successfully treated. Heaty attack - region of heart muscle get less oxygen than it needs so the muscle dies. heart failure - heart is unable to adequately deliver oxygen to the body, or requires an unhealthy amount of filling pressure to do so. ...Read more
Unlikely: Unless one has a anaphylactic reaction.Get a more detailed answer ›
Happens everyday!: It's standard operating procedure in many heart operations for the surgeon to stop or arrest the heart and put the patient temporarily on a heart-lung machine. In fact, if one should suffer an unexpected cardiac arrest, the heart operating room is the very best place in the world for it to happen (since the resuscitation statistics there are stellar.). ...Read more
Please advise if it's likely that I will experience cardiac arrest or heart failure while I sleep after a caffeine overdose?
Can you tell me if it's likely that I will experience cardiac arrest or heart failure while I sleep after a caffeine overdose?
Can a healthy heart go into cardiac arrest or heart attack due too fear, anger, exercise, sexanxiety or any kind of stress such as: natural disaster?
Kind of: Cardiac arrest of the temporary type can occur, it is called a vaso vagal reaction, usually leads to fainting, but can cause actual stoppage of the heart for a brief time, with subsequent recovery. Heart attack can occur in a healthy heart due to severe spasms of the arteries of the heart. Are you looking to explain someone's death? ...Read more
What benefit does the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator give to patients who have had a cardiac arrest or heart attack?
It may prevent death: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (icds) are used to treat ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, which if untreated, may cause a fatal cardiac arrest. Icds can often quickly treat these conditions before permanent brain or heart damage can be done. Icds are not used to treat or prevent heart attacks, which are a "plumbing" issue. ...Read more
18 yr old cousin afraid of cardiac arrest. No heart disease symptoms but anxiety and can't sleep. Depressed due to it. No family history. How likely?
HEART DISEASE: If the information you provided is accurate, your friend's risk would be low. Nonetheless, his "anxiety" and "depression" are also concerning. The first step would be for your friend to follow up with his Doctor who might be able to put his mind at ease regarding heart disease and who might also be able to dig deeper into the possible root causes for his anxiety and depression. ...Read more
Either: Cardiac arrest just means the heart is not functioning effectively as a pump. Sometimes there is chaotic electrical activity causing it to "quiver" this is ventricular fibrillation. There are other situations in which the heart is motionless, perhaps without any electrical activity at all (asystole) or with activity bit no contractions (pulseless electrical activity). ...Read more
Diet and exercise: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle consisting of a nutritionally balanced diet, regular exercise, a healthy weight, not smoking, reducing and managing stress, and regular check-ups with your primary care provider will provide the best opportunity to avoid a heart attack and cardiac arrest. ...Read more
Heart stops: With arrest. Heart attack usually caused by blocked vessel. ...Read more
On degree of damage or not.
If with heart attack and dead muscle it can be severe.
If a chemical issue, and no damage the heart may be fine. ...Read more
Nope: Even if it goes to 11!Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you tell me what are the chances of going into cardiac arrest if you have heart failure due to afib?
Heart failure: If you have heart failure from atrial fibrillation then your heart function could be reversed with good rate control and treatment of atrial fibrillation by medical therapy or cardioversion and/or ablation. If heart function is not improved and it is severely reduced then you will be at risk for sudden heart death. ...Read more
Could palpitations/tachycardia/dizziness happen before cardiac arrest? Also can a heart attack be painless in a male?
Assess risk factors:
Stop smoking, moderate regular exercise, healthy eating, framingham risk calculator, monitor and treat abnormal cholesterol, consider coronary calcium screening, keep blood pressure in appropriate range.
Report for prompt medical evaluation for new or worrisome chest pain or palpitations. ...Read more
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
Strctural heart dis: Sudden cardiac arrest is usually due to conduction disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Pete maravich died of coronary artery disease during a pick up game. It turns out he only had 1 coronary artery. It is the main reason athletes at all levels have preliminary cardiac clearence. ...Read more