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Chapter-21 Cardiac Arrest

BOOK TITLE: Practical Cardiology

Author
1. Khan M Gabriel
ISBN
9789386056016
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18060_22
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. University of Ottawa; The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Chapter keywords
Cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation, VF, ventricular tachycardia, VT, asystole, electromechanical dissociation, EMD, epinephrine, cardiac arrest drug

Abstract

A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood round your body, commonly because of a problem with electrical signals in your heart. When your heart stops pumping blood, your brain is starved of oxygen. This chapter covers the major causes of cardiac arrest, drug therapy for cardiac arrest, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique. Causes of cardiac arrest include ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT), asystole, and electromechanical dissociation (EMD). Drug use is of limited value. The salient points are listed. Epinephrine and other cardiac arrest drugs and their dosages are described in this chapter.

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