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Describe the conditions that most often cause cardiac arrest in children an infants?

Describe the conditions that most often cause cardiac arrest in children an infants?

Respiratory failure: Infants & children generally experience cardiac arrest after a period of declining respiratory function. In illnesses like asthma, progessive pneumonia, bronchiolitis etc., effective oxygen exchange begins to fail, the child works harder until they are exhausted and give out. At some point, the heart develops a rhythm disturmance & quits pumping.Drowning or trauma+ lung compromize will also do it. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and i woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale.. The emt's and the doc

If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and i woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale.. The emt's and the doc

I : I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Are you sure that the doctors didn't mean that he had a murmur in the past and that he was in asystole when the you found him? If this is important for you to know, i'd hope your son's pediatrician would be able to clarify the situation for you. ...Read more

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Can infants and children have a cardiac arrest?

Can infants and children have a cardiac arrest?

Yes: But usually for different etiologies (causes). Most children and infants will have a cardiac arrest if they do not get enough air (oxygen) and this will cause the heart rate to decrease to a point where the heart can stop (systole) or go into an abnormal rhythm. Also cardiac defects or anatomic abnormalities from birth can do this too. The best treatment is CPR and call 911. ...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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What is cardiac arrest?

What is cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: By definition, cardiac arrest is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract.. ...Read more

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What causes cardiac arrest?

What causes cardiac arrest?

Many things: Cardiac arrest may occur in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, profound refractory shock or electrical heart problem. ...Read more

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What are causes of cardiac arrest?

What are causes of cardiac arrest?

Many: Clogged arteries to the heart, pulmonary embolus, electrolye abn , congenital heart disease, drug s both legal and illegal, etc. ...Read more

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What number of types of cardiac arrest are there?

What number of types of cardiac arrest are there?

Only one: Cardiac arrest is when your heart stop working due to different causes including heart attacks, and ventricular arrhythmias. ...Read more

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What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

What causes sudden cardiac arrest?

Long list: Sudden cardiac death had several causes: Coronary disease or heart attack may cause sudden cardiac death, but also sudden death can occur in patients with cardiac abnormality of the heart muscle that can be detected on echo cardiogram and sometime undetected on cardiac echo, electrical genetic anomaly may cause sudden death ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Most cardiac arrest episodes are due to the heart rhythm becoming inadequate to pump blood to the body. Ventricular fibrillation is commonly the abnormal rhythm associated with cardiac arrest. If effective rhythm isn't ...Read more


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more