What causes cardiac arrest?

Many things. Cardiac arrest can be caused by many problems with the heart. The most common is a heart attach which can cause fatally abnormal rhythms when the heart is starved for oxygen. Arrests can also occur from abnormalities in the electrical system of the heart; from drugs or toxins; and from abnormalities of electrolytes particularly high and low potassium.

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What cause cardiac arrest during c sections?

Or any operation. Bleeding clot embolism anesthesia or drug toxicity or interaction pre-existing heart or lung disease. Specific: amniotic or air embolism eclampsia and hypertension there are more but this is a sample. Read more...

What causes sudden cardiac arrest in a young and previously healthy person?

Depends. Undiagnosed structural heart problems can (very rarely) lead to a cardiac arrest in what appears to be an otherwise healthy person. Certain illegal drugs, particularly stimulants such as cocaine, also have the potential to cause rhythm problems that can lead to cardiac arrest. Read more...
Sick heart. If heart is not working well and if suddenly there is a high demand this can cause an arrest. Read more...

What causes the cardiac arrest in a bulimic patient?

Electrolytes or alka. The more common causes are low potassium or alkaline blood. Malnutrition can lead to a dilated heart, which can also lead to death. Read more...

What can cause a cardiac arrest in a bulimic?

Electrolytes. Bulimia lends itself to upsetting the normal chemistry in the blood which is needed to normal functioning of the heart. Not allowing the body to absorb nutrients prevents having the needed sodium and potassium levels. When this balance is off the heart may go into a toxic rhythm leading to death. Read more...