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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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Can albuterol cause cardiac arrest in children?

Can albuterol cause cardiac arrest in children?

No, but: If you overdose on any drug, you can get very ill or die. Even water, right? If albuterol is given in excess, it can become toxic. If a child (or adult) has such a bad asthma attack that they need to take constant or frequently repeating doses of albuterol, they should go to the er as uncontrolled asthma is a true emergency and there are other treatments available at the hospital. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrhythmia the usual cause sudden death in sports?

Is cardiac arrhythmia the usual cause sudden death in sports?

It can be: When sudden death in an athlete occurs because of a heart condition the cause can usually be divided into three main categories: an abnormally thick heart muscle with no obvious explanation (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy); abnormal coronary arteries (abnormal course through the heart or absence of one of them) and finally sudden abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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How common is sudden cardiac arrest in school-age children?

Rare: 1 case in 1-200000 people is the risk in the population as a whole.Much less under middle school age. ...Read more

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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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What causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people?

What causes sudden cardiac arrest in young people?

Cardiac arrest: A number of causes underlying cardiac disease like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, arrythmogenic right heart cardiomyopathy, could be sudden clot if has a familial disposition to hypercoagulability ( Leiden factor V, Protein S or C), Wolf Parkinson White rarely , Long QT syndrome ( if given the wrong meds) , other genetic variants as well as cocaine, amphentamines,alcohol poisoning and other drugs. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden cardiac arrest in young people ?

What can cause sudden cardiac arrest in young people ?

Abnormal rythm: Cardiac arrest in young people is most commonly cause by an abnormal rhythm that originates from the pumping chamber of the heart (ventricle). Heart attacks are a rare cause for cardiac arrest in young people. ...Read more

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What are some causes of a child's sudden cardiac death?

What are some causes of a child's sudden cardiac death?

Genetic abnormality: Mutiple genetic defects may unfortunately lead to sudden death. The most common include long qt syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and brugada syndrome. Others are being identified all the time. Often there is a family history of premature sudden death. Some people have prior palpitations, dizziness, or syncope before the episode of sudden death. Genetic screening blood tests are available. ...Read more

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In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

In an older person in their 80's what would be the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest?

Coronary artery dise: Coronary artery disease is the most frequent cause of sudden death over the age of 60. Unfortunately some of these have no symptoms prior to their cardiac arrest ...Read more

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Does sudden cardiac arrest happen in children?

Very rarely: Primary cardiac arrest (not related to choking, drowning, etc) is exceedingly rare in children but can happen. Structural problems in the heart that are present at birth can predispose to lethal rhythm problems. This is one of the arguments made to place aeds (automatic external defibrillators) in schools and gymnasiums. ...Read more

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Can past cocaine use cause present cardiac problems and increase cardiac arrest ?

Can past cocaine use cause present cardiac problems and increase cardiac arrest ?

Yes : Cocaine is a known cause of heart attacks due to coronary vasospasm. Sometimes those heart attacks, when happen, can be confused with the Cocaine effect and go unnoticed. After a heart attack, by definition, a part of your heart it's not conducting electricity and not working well. The consequences depend on how large it was and how fast it healed. ...Read more

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Is ventricular fibrillation the cause of cardiac arrest?

One of them: It is the most common heart arrhythmia associated with cardiac arrest. It is not exact to call it the cause, since ventricular fibrillation itself has an underlying cause, most commonly coronary artery disease, but there are others. ...Read more

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What are the other rare causes of a sudden decrease in heart rate?

What are the other rare causes of a sudden decrease in heart rate?

Several: Cardio-inhibitory form of vasodepressor reflex. Complete heart block as might occur during myocardial infarction, myotonic dystrophy, or lyme disease. Iatrogenic complete heart block from medical procedures. Use of beta blockers in patients with sick sinus syndrome. There are probably others but these come to mind. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sudden death in elite athletes?

What is the cause of sudden death in elite athletes?

Thickened heart: The most common cause of sudden death in elite athletes in the US is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This is a rare condition of the actual muscle of the heart becoming so large and thick as to obstruct outgoing blood flow. Because outgoing flow is reduced the heart must work even harder to pump blood to supply oxygen to the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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