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What is cardiac arrest?

What is cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: By definition, cardiac arrest is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract.. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

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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What causes cardiac arrest?

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 do you get cardiac arrest help?

How do you get cardiac arrest help?

Call 911: Then start cpr
yell for help and a defibrillator!

bls training. ...Read more

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Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way?

Does cardiac arrest hurt in any way?

In general...no: In general...No. Ventricular fibrillation causes loss of consciousness almost immediately. ...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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Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Is cardiac arrest a disease or just a sign?

Both: It is a sign- the culmination and end result of any and all diseases. ...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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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 asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Is asystole the same thing as cardiac arrest?

Sort of: 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

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Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

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

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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 could I decrease risk of cardiac arrest?

How could I decrease risk of cardiac arrest?

Preventive cardiac: Behavior and choices!

no smoking
regular exercize
check BP and cholesterol/ fats
avoid atherosclerosis, and coronary disease. ...Read more

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How to know if I just went into cardiac arrest?

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

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How can a pro athlete die from a cardiac arrest?

How can a pro athlete die from a cardiac arrest?

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

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Is coughing useful during cardiac arrest and why?

Is coughing useful during cardiac arrest and why?

No: The so called "cough cpr" is not an accepted method of cardiac resusitation. ...Read more

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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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What number of types of cardiac arrest are there?

What number of types of cardiac arrest are there?

Only one: Cardiac arrest is when your heart stop working due to different causes including heart attacks, and ventricular arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Can breaking up with someone cause cardiac arrest?

Can breaking up with someone cause cardiac arrest?

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.
Dr mike. ...Read more

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Do you use the aed on a child with cardiac arrest?

Do you use the aed on a child with cardiac arrest?

Yes: Depending on the age of the child the type of AED pads may vary. However if the pediatric pads are not available one should use the adult pads. ...Read more

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Can cardiac arrest be considered accidental death?

Can cardiac arrest be considered accidental death?

No: Only cardiac arrest associated with a direct heart injury like a blunt trauma in a motor vehicle accident. Or accidental shooting. ...Read more

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Any remedies for cardiac arrest I can try at home?

Any remedies for cardiac arrest I can try at home?

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

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What symptoms of cardiac arrest are the most common?

Death: There may be several symptoms that precede cardiac arrest. These include chest pain, palpitations, fainting or near fainting spells or shortness of breath. Unfortunately many patients suffer cardiac arrest without any warning symptoms. ...Read more

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What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

What does someone feel when having a cardiac arrest?

Lights out: When BP drops below 60mm/hg, loss of consciousness usually occurs, therefore you may still remain conscious for a few seconds after the heart stops. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cardiac arrest and mi?

What is the difference between cardiac arrest and mi?

Arrest requires CPR: Myocardial infarction (mi) occurs when there is an obstruction of a blood vessel that supplies part of the heart and this leads to damage to the heart muscle. Mi might lead to death and can cause cardiac arrest if not treated but not always. Cardiac arrest means that the heart is no longer pumping blood, can be caused by a variety of things and always leads to death if not treated promptly. ...Read more

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How can sudden fright or shock cause cardiac arrest?

How can sudden fright or shock cause cardiac arrest?

Rarely if ever: There is coronary spasm as a known entity, but not so much from fright!
fight, fright, flight does stimulate a significant chemical Epinephrine and norepinephrine response and superimposed on coronary atherosclerosis could cause trouble. ...Read more

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What's difference between cardiac arrest and asystole?

How an EKG looks: Cardiac arrest refers to any situation in which the heart is not pumping blood. This may occur with abnormal electrical activity in the heart in which the heart is quivering (ventricular fibrillation) or beating so fast in can not pump blood effectively (ventricular tachycardia,) asystole is a kind of cardiac arrest in which the heart is electrically silent (flat line) on ekg. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating cardiac arrest?

Yes or No: Your only option is to decide in advance. Either you want to be resuscitated, or you wish have a "do not resuscitate" order/ advanced directive.. ...Read more

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How can you tell when someone goes into cardiac arrest?

How can you tell when someone goes into cardiac arrest?

No pulse: Cardiac arrest as the name implies is when the heart stops. When your heart stops beating, blood carrying oxygen does not flow to your body and brain. The body ceases all functions (you stop breathing, you are unconscious, the skin turns pale or blue). The best way to tell if someone is in cardiac arrest is to use a heart monitor (like carried by ems personel) to monitor activity of the heart. ...Read more

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What can cause your body shocks through cardiac arrest?

What can cause your body shocks through cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: Not sure what you're asking. If you have cardiac arrest you're dead unless something is done. CPR and a defibrillation (electrical shock treatment)presently give one the best chance of survival. If you meant something else please be clearer with your question. ...Read more

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How does sudden fright or shock lead to a cardiac arrest?

Adrenaline: A sudden fright or other event can cause a rush of adrenaline (aka epinephrine) that then causes an increased risk of a fatal arrhythmia. This would be vanishingly rare without severe preexisting disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cardiac arrest?

What is the definition or description of: cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest: 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 restored the patient dies. ...Read more

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How long can a person be in cardiac arrest and ressurect?

How long can a person be in cardiac arrest and ressurect?

Survival rate: Of people that receive initial emergency treatment by ambulance is less than 5%, with 15% returning to spontaneous circulation. With defibrillation within 3-5mins the survival can increase to 30%. Survival depend on the cause of the arrest, circumstances, age. Every minute without oxygen to the organs, specially the brain, decrease the recovery without permanent damage. ...Read more

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Is it possible to exercise to the point if cardiac arrest?

Is it possible to exercise to the point if cardiac arrest?

Rare yes: Not likely but possible. You need multiple factors. In the young, usually need heart abnormality like unusual anatomy, abnormal arteries, certain valve disease, thickened heart, etc. Short of that, exercising to severe dehydration can lead to vascular collapse and cardiac arrest. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Cardiac (Definition)

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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

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