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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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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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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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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Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way ?

Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way ?

In general...no: In general...No. Ventricular fibrillation causes loss of consciousness almost immediately. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Both: It is a sign- the culmination and end result of any and all diseases. ...Read more

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Is asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Is asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Sort of: Is a calf a cow? If you are making veal parm? Cardiac arrest is the loss of pumping ability of the heart. That is measured as cardiac output (units l/min). In cardiac arrest it is 0. Asystole is usually used to refer to the lack of electrical activity in the heart. If the electrical system could be measured, it would be measured in amps (current or electrons /sec). In asystole that is 0. ...Read more

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Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

Yes: It is technically called asystole and means that there is no electrical activity in the heart. A cardiac arrest can also occur without flatlining-called PEA-pulseless electrical activity. There is activity seen on EKG or monitor, but no pumping activity, usually fatal. ...Read more

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How could i decrease risk of cardiac arrest?

How could  i decrease risk of  cardiac arrest?

Preventive cardiac: Behavior and choices! no smoking regular exercize check BP and cholesterol/ fats avoid atherosclerosis, and coronary disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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