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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is 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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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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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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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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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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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 causes cardiac arrest?

Many things: Cardiac arrest may occur in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, profound refractory shock or electrical heart problem. ...Read more

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What are causes of cardiac arrest?

What are causes of cardiac arrest?

Many: Clogged arteries to the heart, pulmonary embolus, electrolye abn , congenital heart disease, drug s both legal and illegal, etc. ...Read more

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How common is it to survive a cardiac arrest?

How common is it to survive a cardiac arrest?

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

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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. Janice Alexander
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Cardiac (Definition)

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