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

SCD means a cardiac arrest which occurs shortly (usually defined as <1 hour) after the first symptom. Aborted SCD would mean that the cardiac arrest was treated, e.g. by defibrillation. Causes of SCD include acute myocardial infarction, ventricular ...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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What is the definition or description of: Sudden cardiac death?

What is the definition or description of: Sudden cardiac death?

Sudden cardiac death: SCD means a cardiac arrest which occurs shortly (usually defined as <1 hour) after the first symptom. Aborted SCD would mean that the cardiac arrest was treated, e.g. by defibrillation. Causes of SCD include acute myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation, and heart failure. ...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

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How can I get over fear of sudden cardiac death!?

How can I get over fear of sudden cardiac death!?

Sudden cardiac death: Read the info in the link here. And if you aren't in one of the high risk groups there, realize that your chances of SCD are extremely low. If this doesn't help you might need to get some psychologic therapeutic aid to help redirect your attention more productively. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/sudden-cardiac-death?page=1 ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can overcome fear of sudden cardiac death!?

Can you tell me how i can overcome fear of sudden cardiac death!?

Fear: For my patients with that fear who have no evidence of heart abnormality or family history of sudden death, i spend time reassuring them and explaining their low probability of sudden death. With the occasional patient we have done testing such as ecg, echo and treadmill to document low risk for sudden death to help reassure the patient. Sometimes psychiatric help is needed. ...Read more

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I was just found out I have early repolarization. Should I be worried about sudden cardiac death?

I was just found out I have early repolarization. Should I be worried about sudden cardiac death?

No: As an isolated finding,early Repolarization is a rare cause of sudden cardiac death.check with your doctor or get a second opinion if in doubt ...Read more

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I feel like coming down with cold, will I get myocarditis as complication and have sudden cardiac death ? What should I do?

I feel like coming down with cold, will I get myocarditis as complication and have sudden cardiac death ? What should I do?

Cardiomyopathy: Although there are infectious agents which can cause cardiomyopathy (Coxsackievirus is one), this is a rare condition, and the average clinician may not see one in their lifetime. Since the common cold is so frequent it is very unlikely that this is going to occur to you. Of greater concern is your fear of this and if it persists you might want to see a mental health therapist. Best wishes ...Read more

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Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Effect, not cause: Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things. Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for sudden cardiac death?

What is the treatment for sudden cardiac death?

Sudden death: Acls procedures for cpr, along with defibrillation, and antiarrhythmic drug initiation. After stabilizing, next goal is to determine whether the event was a primary arrythmia event or whether it occurred secondary to something else (heart attack, oxygenation, or electrolyte abnormality). ...Read more

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Can sudden cardiac death from something like vfib happen to a healthy person and if so why? Anyway to prevent or detect it ahead if time?

Yes: Yes, sudden cardiac death can happen among healthy, active people. Certain conditions may cause it like anomaly in coronary artery or other genetic abnormality, or cardiomyopathy. Some conditions maybe suspected by a physician based on history, exam, EKG and echo of a patient. If a patient is identified to be at risk of sudden death an implantable defibrillator could save a life. ...Read more

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What is the link between pvc's and sudden cardiac death?

What is the link between pvc's and sudden cardiac death?

PVC : In patients with otherwise normal hearts, PVC s have no evil implications. In patients with advanced cardiac dysfunction they can be associated with an increased probability of life threatening arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Left ventricular hypertrophy mild...what are the chances of sudden cardiac death?Thanks

Left ventricular hypertrophy mild...what are the chances of sudden cardiac death?Thanks

LVH : Any degree of LVH remains a risk for arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death, although the risk is higher with degree of LVH, age and other cardiac risk factors. In one study, the risk of sudden cardiac death was 7%, particularly in the setting of atrial fibrillation. Treating hypertension, weight loss, alcohol cessation may reverse LVH and reduce risks of arrhythmia. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Cardiac (Definition)

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