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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 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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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


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Cardiac (Definition)

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