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Does flatlining always mean a cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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