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Does hypoxia by itself lead to cardiac arrest?
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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Potentially
Hypoxia means an inadequate amount of oxygen in the blood.
Is can lead to vital organs not receiving enough oxygen to survive. If the heart is starved for oxygen this can lead to ischemia or heart cell death which can cause either failure or an abnormal rhythm which leads to a cardiac arrest.

In brief: Potentially
Hypoxia means an inadequate amount of oxygen in the blood.
Is can lead to vital organs not receiving enough oxygen to survive. If the heart is starved for oxygen this can lead to ischemia or heart cell death which can cause either failure or an abnormal rhythm which leads to a cardiac arrest.
Dr. William Goldsmith
Dr. William Goldsmith
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: If severe enough
If the oxygen level is low enough, it can cause the heart to stop.
But, it has to be quite low for that to occur.

In brief: If severe enough
If the oxygen level is low enough, it can cause the heart to stop.
But, it has to be quite low for that to occur.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly...
The heart is a muscle which does need an oxygen supply for it to function correctly.
This oxygen is delivered to the heart by the coronary arteries. So, if there is less oxygen delivered to the heart muscle, it could go into an abnormal rhythmn which in turn could lead to cardiac arrest (meaning the heart stops beating).

In brief: Possibly...
The heart is a muscle which does need an oxygen supply for it to function correctly.
This oxygen is delivered to the heart by the coronary arteries. So, if there is less oxygen delivered to the heart muscle, it could go into an abnormal rhythmn which in turn could lead to cardiac arrest (meaning the heart stops beating).
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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