Reversible Cardiac Arrest 7 Causes You Might Not Know About

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The sudden cardiac arrest of a loved one or even yourself can be overwhelming. Terrifying, especially when the cause isn’t immediately apparent. However, there are many causes of cardiac arrest that are reversible or treatable. Including these seven you might not know about.

Hypothermia – h causes of reversible cardiac arrest

Hypothermia is a common culprit that can cause cardiac arrest. In certain cases, hypothermia may be reversible with proper medical treatment. Hypothermia occurs when your body’s core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). Symptoms of mild hypothermia include shivering, slurred speech, and clumsiness. Other symptoms include fatigue, confusion, and loss of coordination. In moderate hypothermia, you might lose consciousness or stop breathing completely. Related immediately, moderate to severe hypothermia can lead to death within a few hours or days depending on severity and exposure time. If you have any reason to suspect that someone has fallen into the water. Resurfaced after a period of time — call 911 immediately!

 Although hypothermia is a leading cause of cardiac arrest in many areas. It can often be treated and reversed in time if caught early. Treatment includes moving to a warm environment. Removing wet clothing and putting on dry clothes (if available), wrap yourself in blankets or a sleeping bag, drink warm fluids, and keeping your arms and legs moving until rewarming occurs.

Hyperthermia – h causes of reversible cardiac arrest

Hyperthermia occurs when your body overheats and cannot cool itself down. This can be due to environmental causes (extreme heat, for example) or physical activity. It’s a serious condition that can lead to cardiac arrest, so if you start experiencing symptoms—headache, confusion, fatigue, cramps—seek medical attention immediately. If it turns out you have hyperthermia, there are various ways to get rid of it before it leads to more serious consequences. Taking a cool shower or bath is a great place to start and drinking plenty of fluids is another good idea—although avoid alcoholic beverages; they don’t help you cool down at all!

 Another potentially reversible cause of cardiac arrest that’s usually a result of physical activity is rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis, also known as rhabdo, is when your muscles begin to break down and release their contents into your bloodstream. This can poison your blood, which can lead to other conditions like cardiac arrest if it’s not treated. If you are experiencing symptoms of rhabdo—muscle pain or weakness, fever, nausea, and vomiting—seek medical attention immediately. The most effective treatment for rhabdo is plenty of rest and hydration while waiting for your body to flush out toxins from muscle breakdown via urine.

Medication Reaction

Sometimes medications can cause problems for your heart and lungs—but it doesn’t have to be permanent. There are some medications that may cause reversible cardiac arrest, even if you don’t have heart problems, especially if taken together with other drugs or alcohol. If you believe you have experienced a reaction to a medication and have been diagnosed with cardiac arrest, let your doctor know about it. They may choose to discontinue one or more medications, alter your dose, or give you another drug.

 Some medications that can lead to cardiac arrest include aspirin, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), calcium channel blockers, and hormone therapy. But a doctor may also suggest you stop taking other drugs, including over-the-counter pain relievers such as Motrin or Advil. Medications can have multiple side effects—including on your heart—so if you’re taking more than one medication, let your doctor know about all of them. Take all medications exactly as directed. Don’t suddenly stop taking any medicine or alter your dosage without first consulting with your doctor; it could be dangerous. Also, avoid consuming alcohol while taking some drugs since these substances can increase each other’s adverse side effects.

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Physical Traum

Although physical trauma is a leading cause of reversible cardiac, most cases occur in people with underlying cardiovascular disease. If your heart has suffered severe damage, you’re at higher risk for developing irreversible damage (when an arrhythmia causes your heart to fail). However, it’s rare for a healthy person to suffer from sudden cardiac after an injury like falling down or getting into a fight—but it does happen.

 Medical Condition – reversible causes of cardiac arrest

There are a number of medical conditions that can be responsible for causing cardiac in patients who, otherwise, have no underlying heart issues. If your loved one has experienced a sudden cardiac and you believe it might have been due to another condition, talk to their doctor about getting them checked out for any treatable illnesses.

 There are a number of conditions that can lead to cardiac arrest in otherwise healthy people. While your loved one’s doctor will have done their best to rule out any underlying causes for their cardiac arrest, there are some less common ailments that could have caused it and you should be aware of these if you find yourself dealing with another unexpected case. Some such ailments include:

medication side effects, potassium deficiencies, and anemia. Your loved one’s doctor can run a series of tests to determine whether they had any hidden medical conditions at play when they suffered from a cardiac arrest and they should help your family understand what might have caused their heart issues too.

 Infection – reversible causes of cardiac arrest

Sepsis, pneumonia, meningitis, and septic arthritis are all infections that can lead to cardiac arrest. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics and in many cases reversed if caught early enough. It’s important to look for signs of infection such as fever, sore throat, nausea, and vomiting. Early treatment is key! If you suspect an infection, please see a medical professional as soon as possible so they can identify it and treat it immediately.

 Another possible cause is sepsis, an infection that has spread throughout your body. Septic shock can occur as a result of severe blood poisoning or severe illness associated with bacterial infections. Though it’s treatable, it’s a serious condition and in some cases leads to cardiac arrest. Other serious conditions that can lead to cardiac arrest include pneumonia and meningitis. These are both dangerous conditions, which is why you should seek medical treatment if you suspect something might be wrong. They can also be fatal so don’t wait for symptoms to appear before seeking treatment; early intervention could save your life!

Heat Exposure – reversible causes of cardiac arrest

More people die in heat waves than in any other natural disaster. And heat exposure is often and can be, a reversible cause of cardiac arrest. Heat illness typically results from exercising or working outside for too long in hot conditions. One woman died after competing in a triathlon due to her body’s inability to cool itself. If you’re an athlete or work outdoors regularly, be sure to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.

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