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Medicine For Cardiac Arrest
I have cardiac arrest and I have type 2 diabetes. Okay well I'm on blood pressure medicine to help with cardiac arrest. My question is I have this ver?
DM, HTN cardiac dis: Please restate your question, it did not transmit. Both DM and Hypertension (blood pressure) effect the heart, leading to /damage narrowing of the vessels and ischemia -less blood supply. So it is important to continue w/ medication, maintain good diet and keep your sugar and pressure under control. Usually on e requires life long therapy. But these conditions are very common. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more
Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?
Depends on: Why you had the cardiac arrest. If due to coronary artery disease, you should avoid simple carbs and get plenty of aerobic exercise. Look at lowglycemicindex. Com. Also avoid caffeine and stimulants. If another cause, like hocm, valve disease, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia or some other cause, look to treat the underlying cause first. ...Read more
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
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
Not common: Unfortunately, uncommon. Hard to say exactly, & depends somewhat on what kind of cardiac arrest, what other problems the person has, how long before care, etc. Generally though, for out-of-hospital arrests, less than 20% survive long enough to be discharged from the hospital. Also concerning is how often cardiac arrest is the 1st sign of underlying CAD (plaque in vessels). See a proactive doctor! ...Read more
Heart disease: A cardiac arrest patient will rapidly lose consciousness, no pulse, no audible heart tones, no response to stimuli, the patient will also rapidly lose spontaneous respiration. ...Read more
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
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
Yes......: During a cardiac arrest, the heart stops contracting so that there is no blood being circulated to the organs. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is performed to restore contractility. If successful, the person survives. The longer it takes to "re-start" the heart, the more likely there will be residual effects, like brain injury due to decreased oxygen to the brain during the arrest. ...Read more
Depends: If you go into cardiac arrest, after about 10 seconds you will pass out, lights out. If the cardiac contraction and rythm do not resume spontaneously you will be brain dead within 5 minutes. So after 10 seconds if you do not get rescued, you will never know if you went into cardiac arrest. ...Read more
Many reasons...: Sometimes there is an unknown congenital heart defect which goes undiagnosed and then results in a sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. Sometimes, an object, like a baseball, hits the chest at just the right time during the cardiac cycle resulting in cardiac arrest. So, there are many reasons for this unfortunate event to occur. ...Read more
Yes, but not likely.:
Patients with coronary artery disease + other heart disease r @ risk 4 stress induced arrythmias. These r irregular heart rhythms, the most serious of which is cardiac arrest. So, yes, the stress of a breakup, or major loss of any kind may contribute 2 cardiac arrest in a patient with heart disease. This would b unlikely in a healthy person, but go c a doc if u do not feel right.
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Learn CPR: Bystander CPR until emergency services arrive can be learned by anyone and really makes a difference in outcomes. Many public areas like arenas and golf courses now have automatic defibrillators which talk you through exactly what to do if someone collapses and you think they're in cardiac arrest. You won't hurt anyone and you may save their life! ...Read more