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Most Common Cause Of Cardiac Arrest In Children
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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