Symptoms And Treatment Of Cardiac Arrest

March 2nd, 2010 | Under: Articles,Heart Diseases »

Cardiac arrest takes place when the heart stops abruptly. The disease is also named an unexpected cardiac arrest. The signs are unconsciousness and loss of breathing. The terms heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are used interchangeably, though it is crucial to note they are a bit different. In case of a heart attack, a blockage prevents the heart muscles from receiving oxygen.

Sudden cardiac arrest is when a disruption of the heart activity is provoked by some electrical disorder. The similarity between these conditions is that they mostly take place related to other underlying heart disorders. In a few minutes after cardiac arrest symptoms appear, sudden death can occur.

symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest

Judging by the name, the symptoms of cardiac arrest are drastic and sudden. An individual is likely to fall down, not have pulse, stop breathing, and lose consciousness sometimes. For people who are more fortunate, the symptoms might be preceded by blackouts, fatigue, chest pain, dizziness, fainting, vomiting, palpitations, difficulty breathing that set off warnings in people who know this. Although in many cases it can happen with no warning at all.

treatment of immediate cardiac arrest

Generally unexpected cardiac arrest is considered to be an emergency and it requires urgent treatment. If quick action is taken, the chances to survive greatly increase. Actually when your heart stops, oxygenated blood cannot reach your brain, and this can lead to brain damage in a little time, thus death will happen in eight to ten minutes. If an individual frequently has chest pains and discomfort, irregular heartbeats, heart palpitations, he or she should visit the doctor as soon as possible to check if there is an irregularity which may affect the health of the heart.

But if an individual collapses, doesn’t have pulse, stops breathing you are to call the emergency immediately. Waiting for the emergency help, you should take chest compressions. In case you don’t have CPR, push fast and hard on the chest, letting the chest rise fully between the compressions. You should keep it up at the rate of 2 compressions every second. You can do this not breathing in the individual’s mouth. Go on administering the compressions to the individual who has a cardiac arrest till emergency arrives.

Nowadays automated external defibrillators can be easily found in some places, like shopping malls, casinos and airports. If you have a portable defibrillator, it is in fact ideal for emergencies but you should be trained to use this device. The way it should go is to deliver 1 shock as it is said in the device instruction, then start or resume the CPR, beginning with the chest compressions for 2 minutes. After that you should use the defibrillator in order to check the heart rhythm. If necessary, a shock ought to be administered using the defibrillator. The cycle is to be performed till emergency comes or till the individual recovers consciousness.

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