Monday, July 6, 2009

Cardiac Arrest

It was in the news that Michael Jackson was died because of cardiac arrest. Let us discuss how cardiac arrest kill many people on the spot.

Cardiac arrest is the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. The victim may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. It's also called sudden cardiac arrest or unexpected cardiac arrest. Sudden death (also called sudden cardiac death) occurs within minutes after symptoms appear. The common underlying reason for patients to die suddenly from cardiac arrest is coronary heart disease. It was said that it has more than 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. The survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest is as high as 30–45 percent.

Cardiac emergencies:

* Know the warning signs of cardiac arrest. During cardiac arrest a victim loses consciousness, stops normal breathing and loses pulse and blood pressure.
* Call 9-1-1 immediately to access the emergency medical system if you see any cardiac arrest warning signs.
* Give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to help keep the cardiac arrest victim alive until emergency help arrives. CPR keeps blood and oxygen flowing to the heart and brain until defibrillation can be administered.

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