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Can administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

Can administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

In opiate overdose: But that is often late in the game, as your brain is much more sensitive than your heart to the lack of oxygen, and the arrest is likely to go poorly. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Can i.M. Administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

Can i.M. Administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

IM not so much: Narcan (naloxone) can reverse respiratory depression caused by opiate overdose, but if that has lead to a respiratory arrest causing cardiac arrest, the IV form would be much more useful, and only useful then when circulated by chest compressions. ...Read more

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Is it possible that im administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

Is it possible that im administration of Narcan (naloxone) in a cardiac arrest victim be helpful?

Narcan (naloxone)....: Narcan (naloxone) reverses the effects of a narcotic overdose. So, if the cardiac arrest is thought to be due to a narcotic overdose, then Narcan (naloxone) can be tried. Whether or not it will be effective depends on many factors including how long the person has been without a heartbeat, whether CPR has been done, etc. If the brain has been without oxygen for too long, Narcan (naloxone) will not reverse this brain injury. ...Read more

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Will Narcan (naloxone) reverse opiate overdose after cardiac arrest has occurred?

Will Narcan (naloxone) reverse opiate overdose after cardiac arrest has occurred?

Probably not: Narcan (naloxone) will reverse respiratory arrest. This means that if a person has stopped breathing due to an overdose of Oxycontin or heroin, for example, Narcan (naloxone) can bring back the drive to breathe. If the person doesn't breathe for a long time, though, the heart will stop, which is called cardiac arrest, due to lack of oxygen. Narcan (naloxone) won't fix that. This is why narcotic abuse is so dangerous. ...Read more

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Will Narcan (naloxone) reverse an opiate overdose once cardiac arrest has occurred?

Will Narcan (naloxone) reverse an opiate overdose once cardiac arrest has occurred?

Not completely: Narcan (naloxone) can reverse a narcotic overdose to a point. If someone takes a narcotic overdose, and it is enough to stop breathing, the lack of oxygen and rise in carbon dioxide can cause the heart to stop (cardiac arrest) at that point simply reversing the effect of the narcotic that started the process is not enough, one take additional measures to restore a pulse and resuscitate the patient. ...Read more

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Will Narcan (naloxone) still reverse opiate overdose once cardiac arrest has occurred?

Unclear: Usually breathing stops with opiate overdose and then cardiac arrest occurs. Reversing with Narcan (naloxone) may allow breathing to restart, but the cardiac arrest would still have to be treated with CPR and usual measures. Depending on the duration of cardiac arrest attempts may or may not be successful, thus the uncertainty. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Narcan (naloxone) to reverse opiate overdose once a cardiac arrest has occurred?

Is it possible for Narcan (naloxone) to reverse opiate overdose once a cardiac arrest has occurred?

Yes: It is indeed possible. In fact, this is precisely the point of the medication. Once a cardiac arrest has begun, however, removing the effect of the opiate does not necessarily guarantee the end of the cardiac arrest. Often, additional treatment is required. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrest a painful way to go?

Is cardiac arrest a painful way to go?

No: People who experience cardiac arrest usually lose consciousness very rapidly so in general would not feel a lot of pain. ...Read more

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Recomedition for a cardiac arrest diet?

Recomedition for a cardiac arrest diet?

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

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Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

Question: what is cardiac arrest really?

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

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Describe the features of cardiac arrest.?

Describe the features of cardiac arrest.?

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

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What are symptoms or signs of cardiac arrest?

What are symptoms or signs of cardiac arrest?

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

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Is it possible to have cardiac arrest & lived?

Is it possible to have cardiac arrest & lived?

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

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How to tell if these are signs of cardiac arrest?

How to tell if these are signs of cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Cardiac arrest means the heart stops. Unfortunately, cardiac arrest is too often the first "symptom" of coronary artery disease. Think James Gandolfini, for example. ...Read more

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Someone had a cardiac arrest infront of me, what could I have done?

Someone had a cardiac arrest infront of me, what could I have done?

CPR: Take a cprcourse so you know how to help in that situation. Learning CPR is not difficult and neither is using an automated defibrillator if available. ...Read more

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Could zpac cause cardiac arrest?

Could zpac cause cardiac arrest?

Macrolides: Zpac belongs to a class of medications called macrolides which have been associated with malignant arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. However, Zpac uses a different pathway for its metabolism and supposed to be safer to use. ...Read more

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Can pvcs ever lead to cardiac arrest?

Can pvcs ever lead to cardiac arrest?

PVC's: Single and couplet pvcs majority of the time are benign. Cardiac arrest is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can mulitfocal pvcs lead to cardiac arrest?

Yes: If a PVC hits in the wrong area of rhythym ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation can be induced.
It is an infrequent occurrence but is possible. ...Read more

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How can I prevent hypovolemic cardiac arrest?

How can I prevent hypovolemic cardiac arrest?

Stay hydrated: Hypovolemic cardiac arrest is rare - usually from trauma (alot of blood loss all at once). In general, a person should try to stay "euvolemic" - not too much fluid on board and not too little - dehydration. But even a fairly dehydrated person is more likely to have cardiac issues from blood electrolyte issues and not from hypovolemia. ...Read more

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Could I go into cardiac arrest from smoking weed?

Could I go into cardiac arrest from smoking weed?

Weed: The simple answer is yes. Whether it causes cardiac arrest in a significant number of people is a different calculation. You are virtually always better off not inhaling or ingesting these substances. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent a sudden cardiac arrest?

What can I do to prevent a sudden cardiac arrest?

Sudden Cardiac arres: See a cardiologist.
Particularly if there is a strong family history.
Sudden cardiac death can result from a number of conditions. ...Read more

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What causes the cardiac arrest in a bulimic patient?

Electrolytes or alka: The more common causes are low potassium or alkaline blood. Malnutrition can lead to a dilated heart, which can also lead to death. ...Read more

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How can I prevent going into a sudden cardiac arrest?

How can I prevent going into a sudden cardiac arrest?

Too broad...: Too broad of a question. Healthy life style and not smoking helps. If you have a weak heart or have an electrical abnormality your doctor would recommend electro physiologic study and ablation or defibrillator placement. Talk specifically with your doctor if you have reason to believe you are at risk of cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can a child go into cardiac arrest from having a svt?

Can a child go into cardiac arrest from having a svt?

Eventually: Svt causes the heart to pump so fast that it cannot fill the chambers between beats. As a result, it is not pushing enough blood around to do the bodies work, and can result in shock (failure to provide the needed nutrients for function) which would evenually result in death. ...Read more

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How long after cardiac arrest is a patient discharged?

How long after cardiac arrest is a patient discharged?

Most aren't: Over 90% of people with cardiac arrest do not survive the event. For survivors the answer varies with the cause of the arrest and what complications resulted from the arrest. ...Read more

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What would cause a cardiac arrest after a sinus arrest?

What would cause a cardiac arrest after a sinus arrest?

Vagal stimuli: Sinus arrest, results in asystole. The atrioventricular node may rescue with an idioventricular rhythm in the 30's. If this doesn't rescue within 10 seconds, syncope usually happens. If it extends beyond 20 seconds this is cardiac arrest. If rescue pacing or CPR not started, brain death occurs within 5 minutes. Total asystole may be caused by acute severe hyperkalemia. ...Read more

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What could cause a cardiac arrest after a sinus arrest?

What could cause a cardiac arrest after a sinus arrest?

Arrest: Sinus arrest is usually followed by a junctional escape or ventricular escape beat. If no escape mechanism took place and a sinus impulse didn't appear then cardiac arrest would be possible. Practically this is a rare event unless the heart is very sick. ...Read more

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How effective is Epinephrine for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is Epinephrine for treating cardiac arrest?

Epinephrine: Epinephrine remains a component of the ACLS training by American Heart Association. Measuring 'how' effective it is, is difficult. It is generally considered one of the few drugs that helps in cardiac arrest from 'experience'. A controlled study isn't available. Cardiac Arrest has a very high mortality, we continue to consider epi effective while most other drugs have fallen off the chart. ...Read more

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Why is amiodorone prefered to lignocaine in cardiac arrest?

Why is amiodorone prefered to lignocaine in cardiac arrest?

Amiodarone is: Equally efficacious for ventricular & supra ventricular arrhythmias while Lidocaine is second tier choice for vt. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Cardiac (Definition)

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

The abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not ...Read more