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What would doctors do if someone went into cardiac arrest during heart operation?

What would doctors do if someone went into cardiac arrest during heart operation?

Happens everyday!: It's standard operating procedure in many heart operations for the surgeon to stop or arrest the heart and put the patient temporarily on a heart-lung machine. In fact, if one should suffer an unexpected cardiac arrest, the heart operating room is the very best place in the world for it to happen (since the resuscitation statistics there are stellar.). ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

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What would doctors do if they went into cardiac arrest during an operation?

What would doctors do if they went into cardiac arrest during an operation?

Doctors arresting?: If i had an intraoperative arrest i would hope the anesthetist and surgeon would do chest compressions, bag valve mask me, and treat the cause of the arrest. Physicians have many opinions on how they want to be treated themselves. ...Read more

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What happens if the doctor defibs someone not in cardiac arrest?

What happens if the doctor defibs someone not in cardiac arrest?

It would be ok: I saw a doctor accidentally get shocked during a code. He didn't take his hand off the bed. He collapsed suddenly but recovered in a couple of seconds. Defibrillation works by stopping all electrical activity in the heart. This allows the heart to reset. We depend on the natural tendency of the heart to beat to restart it. That's why if there is no rhythm at all we don't shock- we do CPR and meds. ...Read more

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What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

Call 911: If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a cardiac arrest, someone else will have to do it for you. ...Read more

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If Heart Cath show blockages and I get a stent, does that mean I will be admitted to ICU ?

If Heart Cath show blockages and I get a stent, does that mean I will be admitted to ICU ?

Most likely: In our facility all patients post intervention are admitted overnight to our ICU part of the CCU. This varies across the country and in different facilities. Call the nursing supervisor in your local hospital and ask this question. She/He will let you know what their standard procedure is for this clinical scenario. ...Read more

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What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

What happens if someone goes into cardiac arrest and they have a LINQ Reveal loop recorder implant? Is it still safe to defibrillate with AED??

Medtronic's: This is a question for the manufacturer and their engineers. Google Medtronic's @: http://www.medtronicdiagnostics.com/us/cardiac-monitors/reveal-linq/ ...Read more

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If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

VEry Dangerous: If one were to stop breathing during an asthma attack then very aggressive invasive procedures would be done to save that persons life. Most likely that person would be inutubated, have a breathing tube placed in their airway, so that they could be mechanically ventilated. Depending upon others clinical conditions of pt more maneuvers would be done as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are the chances of going into cardiac arrest if you have heart failure due to afib?

Can you tell me what are the chances of going into cardiac arrest if you have heart failure due to afib?

Heart failure: If you have heart failure from atrial fibrillation then your heart function could be reversed with good rate control and treatment of atrial fibrillation by medical therapy or cardioversion and/or ablation. If heart function is not improved and it is severely reduced then you will be at risk for sudden heart death. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

Yes: The pacemaker will keep functioning with electrical stimuli when the detected pulse is below set rate. Heart attack- muscle death can happen. If it happens at site of pacer contact to heart, the pacer can fail to stimulate. ...Read more

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What can go wrong during a quadruple heart bypass?

What can go wrong during a quadruple heart bypass?

Many things: The most concerning complications are stroke, kidney failure, pneumonia, bleeding and infection. These are rare. The most common complications are irregular heart rhythm, constipation and fluid retention. The vast majority of patients (98%) have minimal self limiting complications, go home in three days, and are driving and back to work (not strenuous) in 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Am 88. If heart attack-- would i want to survive it. Could I have sudden cardiac arrest?

Am 88. If heart attack-- would i want to survive it. Could I have sudden cardiac arrest?

Depends....: If the heart attack is small, you may survive it relatively intact. But, if the heart attack involved a large portion of your heart, you may be left with significant impairment, if you survive at all. You need to decide if you would want resuscitation in the event your heart stops. It is possible to have a sudden cardiac arrest meaning your heart stops. See your doctor for options. God bless you! ...Read more

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How should I feel after the cardiologist puts a stent during heart cath?

How should I feel after the cardiologist puts a stent during heart cath?

Better: If you were having cardiac pain (Angina) you will have relief of the pain after stenting. Otherwise you will feel normal. Try not to be too anxious about this issue. It is common practice and safe in experienced hands. Trust your physicians to have your best interest foremost in their concern. ...Read more

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Mother before 10 years conducted the cardiac catheter and open heart surgery and to this time did not go to see doctor cause of feer. Is it in danger?

Mother before 10 years conducted the cardiac catheter and open heart surgery and to this time did not go to see doctor cause of feer. Is it in danger?

See PCP.: If someone like your mother has a history of heart disease (which it sounds likes she does), it is important to be followed regularly by a care provider. These kinds of issues can be progressive and/or recurrent, so regular monitoring is a must. ...Read more

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If a young, fit, and healthy person was exercising so hard their heart rate got up to 220 BMP, what would happen? Would they enter cardiac arrest?

If a young, fit, and healthy person was exercising so hard their heart rate got up to 220 BMP, what would happen? Would they enter cardiac arrest?

Unpredeictable: As your age is 22, after reaching 198, you are predisposed to Cardiac arrythmias, instead of normal heart beat,,, abnormal unhealthy heart contractions appear which can potentially make the heart to go to arrest. Again heart does not follow rules. It happen at lower rates too and dont happen eve at higher rates. But its not recommended to go beyond 200-Age. ...Read more

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Hi, I went to the hospital after having a panic attack with irregular fast heartbeats. At hospital i had an EKG that turned out to be abnormal with the mention of 743: Possible inferior infarction III aVF After that cardiologist made me do a stress te

Hi,

I went to the hospital after having a panic attack with irregular fast heartbeats. At hospital i had an EKG that turned out to be abnormal with the mention of 

743: Possible inferior infarction III aVF

After that cardiologist made me do a stress te

Mi: The issue here is you are 26yrs looking old and the likelihood of heart attack is less. I am curious on what the St segments looked like in the ekg for someone your age. Seems you might have partied too much to the point you got atrial fibrillation. They probably did cardiac enzymes and re commended stress tests as outpatient study ...Read more

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Around what heart rate do people go into cardiac arrest?

Depends. No set no#: Cardiac arrest occurs when d heart has trouble pumping blood 4 itself, or when electrical problems cause a malfunction. The faster the heart beats, the less time the heart has to fill blood 4 itself (the heart rests b/w beats). If there r blockages or narrowing in its arteries, or if it is weakened (from electrolyte imbalance) then it will stop beating at a lower cut-off. Theoret max is 220-age. ...Read more

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What will happen if doctors shock a patient in asystole or PEA?

What will happen if doctors shock a patient in asystole or PEA?

PEA, asystole: In general PEA or asystole don't respond in any useful manner to attempts at cardioversion. Since the patient isn't generating any force of contraction you can't make the patient much worse. ...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 are blocked so that the heart is no longer ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Cardiac Arrest (Definition)

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