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Dr. Raja'a Kaddaha
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Sudden Cardiac Death (Definition)

Sudden cardiac death is a condition where the heart stops being able to circulate the blood, with the person dying within one hour ...Read more


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What causes sudden cardiac death?

What causes sudden cardiac death?

Sudden cardiac death: Is usually an arrhythmia called ventricular fibrillation with sudden inability of the heart to pump that can occur with or without a sudden clot of a coronary artery. ...Read more

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What are some causes of a child's sudden cardiac death?

Genetic abnormality: Mutiple genetic defects may unfortunately lead to sudden death. The most common include long qt syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and brugada syndrome. Others are being identified all the time. Often there is a family history of premature sudden death. Some people have prior palpitations, dizziness, or syncope before the episode of sudden death. Genetic screening blood tests are available. ...Read more

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Does benzodiazepine use cause sudden cardiac death?

Does benzodiazepine use cause sudden cardiac death?

Respiratory failure: Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants ('downers') so when mixed with alcohol or taken in excess they cause respiratory failure (stop breathing). Several famous people may have died this way: marilyn monroe, elvis and even heath ledger had 3 benzodiazepines in his system. However, respiratory failure leads to cardiac failure. ...Read more

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My prescription BP med does a good job getting my systolic perfect but pushes diastolic too low. I hear this is bad and can cause sudden cardiac death?

My prescription BP med does a good job getting my systolic perfect but pushes diastolic too low. I hear this is bad and can cause sudden cardiac death?

Systolic BP: Generally, we follow the systolic BP in the outpatient setting -- because the diastolic BP is hardly accurate using the portable BP machine -- then again, if you don't feel well, regardless of the numbers, you need to seek medical attention ok. ...Read more

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What is sudden cardiac death?

What is sudden cardiac death?

Arrhythmia: Scd typically refers to a sudden loss of effective contraction of the heart muscle and implies a life-threatening arrhythmia. Usually this is VT or vf. It occurs primarily in patients with a damaged heart (cardiomyopathy, postmi) where there is scar tissue that alters normal electrical conduction. It can also occur in patients w nl hearts (brugada syndrome, arvd, long qt) which are rare. ...Read more

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What happens during a sudden cardiac death?

What happens during a sudden cardiac death?

Timing: If the person has signs of obvious death (rigor / livor / rubor / calor -mortis =dependent blood pooling, rigid muscles, cool/cold to touch, etc.), then most jurisdictions allow declaration of death, police notification & they stand by for medical examiner. If recent collapse or can't tell (scd), then start cpr, secure the airway, start iv, give meds/shocks and transport to er. ...Read more

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How can sudden cardiac death work in teenagers?

Sudden death: Hopefully it doesn't, usually there is a congenital abnormality which triggers a fatal rhythm. Abnormal coronary arteries and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are common ones but there are others. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms that predict sudden cardiac death?

Are there symptoms that predict sudden cardiac death?

Not always: Sudden cadiac death may be associated with asymtomait congenitalt abnormalities such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, long qt syndromes, brugada syndrome , wpwsyndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy also with such condition as cardac sarcoid.This is compaired to symptomatic condition as ashd, end stage low ejeection cardiiomyopathies. ...Read more

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Can having an ECG rule out sudden cardiac death?

Can having an ECG rule out sudden cardiac death?

ECG : An ECG is just a test. If it is normal you likely aren't dead just then. It doesn't preclude the possibility of future sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Cardiac (Definition)

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