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After a cardiac arrest an induced coma ang getting seizures that would not stop why is that?

Brain injury: With the cardiac arrest and even with immediate CPR and defibrillation, hypoxia brain injury can occur so the induced coma is to, try to reduce he damage and allow recovery. But sometimes the brain activity will cause seizures status epilepticus - persistent unresponsive to meds sometimes. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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How effective is an induced coma for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is an induced coma for treating cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: When you have cardiac arrest you are dead. Induced coma is done only when you are alive. As such it isn't a treatment for cardiac arrest. If a patient happens to be resuscitated from cardiac arrest, inducing coma can be a consideration to hope the brain will recover with less metabolic demand on it. It isn't done regularly. We are considering if cooling post arrest survival is as useful as thought ...Read more

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Could i go into cardiac arrest while in a coma?

Could i go into cardiac arrest while in a coma?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest can occur during waking situations and also when a patient is in a coma. Coma does not preclude cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What is the average time a patient, who is in coma due to a cardiac arrest for 15-25 mins, will take to show signs of improvement?

What is the average time a patient, who is in coma due to a cardiac arrest for 15-25 mins, will take to show signs of improvement?

Poor prognosis: If they had no spontaneous circulation requiring CPR for >15 minutes, the prognosis is very poor. There may be irreversible brain injury. The prognosis is not determined by the timing, however. It's determined by their condition. If there's no brainstem activity, there will likely be no recovery. IF they have higher cortical activity, recovery is likely, will be slow, and may be incomplete. ...Read more

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What happens or is done after cardiac arrest, at the hospital?

What happens or is done after cardiac arrest, at the hospital?

ACLS....: Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating. When this occurs, advanced cardiac life support protocols are followed and include cpr, administration of medication and converting the heart rhythmn by "shocking" the heart. This is initiated (hopefully) wherever the cardiac arrest occurs and the effort is continued in the hospital once the patient is transported there. ...Read more

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My mom went in2 cardiac arrest & brought back but on life support -before her brain died completely could she hear me telling her I love her please?

My mom went in2 cardiac arrest  & brought back but on life support -before her brain died  completely  could she hear me telling her I love her please?

Yes: It is likely that she heard you. I guess it was her time. I tell the loved ones and staff that are within earshot of my patients who are in a coma, to assume that everything they say can be heard and understood. If they cannot hear then nothing is lost through such acts of kindness. ...Read more

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Describe the features of cardiac arrest.?

Heart stops: Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops beating effectively. The heart actually ceases to beat or the heart has other electrical rhythm disturbances in which the heat no longer can work as a pump. Because of the lack of blood flow to the brain, patients become comatose, and stop breathing. Unless the condition is reversed quickly, death follows. CPR can provide some protection until help arrives. ...Read more

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Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

Stopped heart: Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood forward . The stoppage is usually due to to a change in the heart's electrical rhythm that prevents the muscle cells from squeezing in an organized fashion. Cardiac arrest can also occur with a normal heart rhythm, if the heart is too weak to pump blood or too empty to have blood to pump. In any case, immediate resuscitation is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

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. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma is a medical condition characterized by an non arousable state of unconsciousness. The brain activity seen in a comatose patient shows that being in a coma is not ...Read more