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Cardiac arrest Treatments

Cardiac arrest: Treatments Inroduction

The first step in treatment of cardiac arrest is prevention and treatment of risk factors and potential underlying diseases and conditions. These include coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, and recreational drug use. Prevention includes regular exercise, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a heart-healthy, low salt, well-balanced diet.

A heart healthy diet is rich in fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains and includes low-fat or no-fat dairy products and moderate quantities of healthy meats. Total fat intake should be between 25 and 35 percent of calories. Most of the fats should come from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can actually help to lower cholesterol levels. They include fats from fish, nuts and vegetable oils, such as salmon, trout, herring, avocados, olives, walnuts and liquid vegetable oils.

Foods high in saturated and trans fats should be avoided. They include foods made with partially hydrogenated oils, such as baked goods, doughnuts,fried foods, shortening and some margarines and dairy products. Foods high in saturated fats include those processed from animals, including beef, beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole and 2 percentmilk.

Prevention of cardiac arrest may also require participation in a smoking cessation program or drug rehabilitation program as appropriate.

Treatment of cardiac arrest includes immediate CPR and defibrillation and the rapid initiation of advanced life support measures. These can include securing the airway by passing a tube that is attached to a respirator into the lungs and administering intravenous fluids and medications.

In certain cases, it might be recommended that a person who has recurring episodes of ventricular tachycardia, which can rapidly lead to cardiac arrest, receive an implantable defibrillator. This small device is surgically placed in the chest and can immediately deliver a life-saving electrical shock as soon as the device senses ventricular tachycardia.

Treatments for Cardiac arrest

The following treatments are listed for Cardiac arrest in our knowledge base:

Latest treatments for Cardiac arrest

The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Cardiac arrest:

Treatments for Causes of Cardiac arrest

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Cardiac arrest:

More causes: not all possible causes for Cardiac arrest are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Cardiac arrest.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cardiac arrest:

The following list of conditions have 'Cardiac arrest' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Cardiac arrest:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Cardiac arrest' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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