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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...