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How often does the electric shock revive someone who had a cardiac arrest?

How often does the electric shock revive someone who had a cardiac arrest?

Reset conduction: You heart has an electrical conduction system that controls how the heart muscle contracts. Often in cardiac arrest that conduction system is sending disordered electrical signals. The shock sometimes given during cpr/acls is an attempt to "reset" the conduction system so the electric signals go back to the proper order. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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How often does cpr work to revive someone from cardiac arrest?

How often does cpr work to revive someone from cardiac arrest?

It depends: With the exception of hypothermia (cold exposure) and certain drowning situations, CPR is successful in less than 25% of cases. ...Read more

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Had cardiac MRI today, but during the scanning I got sever headaches like there where electric shock in one side of head. I have a Reveal LinQ,normal?

Had cardiac MRI today, but during the scanning I got sever headaches like there where electric shock in one side of head. I have a Reveal LinQ,normal?

MRI - Device Present: Some heart pacemakers and other devices are now being engineered to be MRI safe. Most stents are safe after a 6 to 12 week wait for the vessel wall lining to cover them with a fresh layer of cells. The implanting MD can tell you if it is safe to have a MRI.in all cases ...Read more

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What benefit does the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator give to patients who have had a cardiac arrest or heart attack?

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

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If a person lives alone and has cardiac arrest how long until the paramedics could revive them?

If a person lives alone and has cardiac arrest how long until the paramedics could revive them?

10 minutesor less: After 10 minutes of full cardiac arrest without CPR , irreversible brain damage occurs unless immerged in ice water ( such as falling through the thin ice on a pond); sometimes the frigid temp preserves brain and heart function. ...Read more

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How does sudden fright or shock lead to a cardiac arrest?

How does sudden fright or shock lead to a cardiac arrest?

Adrenaline: A sudden fright or other event can cause a rush of adrenaline (aka epinephrine) that then causes an increased risk of a fatal arrhythmia. This would be vanishingly rare without severe preexisting disease. ...Read more

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Can a pacemaker revive someone from a fatal arrhythmia?

Can a pacemaker revive someone from a fatal arrhythmia?

Only if slow: A pacemaker will revive you from a dangerously slow heart rhythm. Most fatal arrhythmias however are due to ventricular arrhythmias that lead to cardiac arrest. These are very fast rhythms in which a pacemaker won't do anything for but an implantable defibrillator would help. ...Read more

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What will happen if doctors shock a patient in asystole or PEA?

What will happen if doctors shock a patient in asystole or PEA?

PEA, asystole: In general PEA or asystole don't respond in any useful manner to attempts at cardioversion. Since the patient isn't generating any force of contraction you can't make the patient much worse. ...Read more

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Can someone who has had a cardiac arrest and heart stops continue to breathe?

Can someone who has had a cardiac arrest and heart stops continue to breathe?

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

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has here experienced a truamatic event like a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

Traumatic event: I can't tell if you are wondering about physical symptoms or psychological and emotional symptoms. Certainly it is common to experience fear and depression or anxiety after a heart attack. That can affect the risk for another heart attack. ...Read more

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How can someone die with a defibrillator?

How can someone die with a defibrillator?

Heart failure: Defibrillators are typically placed in patient's with poor cardiac function. Although the defibrillator does protect them from lethal arrhythmias, it does not protect him from worsening heart function. Patients with defibrillators can die from end-stage heart failure or from a completely noncardiac illness. ...Read more

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Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication , including death. ...Read more

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How can someone have cardiac arrest from tonsil surgery?

How can someone have cardiac arrest from tonsil surgery?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest related to tonsil surgery is the same as cardiac arrest from any anesthetic procedure. There are multiple possible causes but usually hypoxia or a toxic effect of the anesthetic are involved and often an underlying known or unsuspected cardiac problem. It is a complex problem and fortunately uncommon. ...Read more

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Defibrillators are often mistaken for being responsible for reviving a person. But, what can revive a person after they have died or "flatlined" ?

CPR: Defibrillators will revive a cardiac arrest due to a disorganized rhythm called ventricular fibrillation but not in the absence of any rhythm or as you call it flat line which is the other mechanism of cardiac arrest. The latter is often treated with drugs such as epinephrine or a temporary pacemaker. But the initial management of both consists of chest compressions(CPR) until definite treatmen. ...Read more

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Can you shock someone with an aed even if he has a heart stent?

Yes: Having a stent does not preclude use of any electrical devices, including aed. ...Read more

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After a cardiac arrest in a normal person with heart attack, how long are patients in the hospital for?

After a cardiac arrest in a normal person with heart attack, how long are patients in the hospital for?

Depends: If full cardiac recovery p-arrest pt is likely to be taken to cath and possible cabg. The total time confined may be 7 t 10 days. If cath or bypass not planned the pt may be discharged in 3 yo 4 days. ...Read more

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What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

Medtronic's: This is a question for the manufacturer and their engineers. Google Medtronic's @: http://www.medtronicdiagnostics.com/us/cardiac-monitors/reveal-linq/ ...Read more

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My friend has 6 stents a pacemaker defibulator and the back of his heart is dead. How can someone live with their heart half dead?

My friend has 6 stents a pacemaker defibulator and the back of his heart is dead. How can someone live with their heart half dead?

Slowly: The heart is a muscle, and uses electricity to generate the "squeeze" necessary to get blood to the whole body. Stents keep blood flowing to the muscle, and a pacer/defibrillator keeps the electricity on and timed right. When part of the heart is dead, patients are less active. They also may develop congestive heart failure, with fluid backing up into lungs. Pills can help. ...Read more

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How long one can live after a massive heart attack with a cardiac arrest?

How long one can live after a massive heart attack with a cardiac arrest?

Life: Many many years with expert evaluation and follow up. Very important is the follow up with your md. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Howard Schneider
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Cardiac (Definition)

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