Also known as Asystole, Heart Arrest, and Cardiac Asystole
Cardiac arrest, also known as cardiopulmonary arrest or circulatory arrest, is the cessation of normal circulation of the blood due to failure of the heart to contract effectively. Medical personnel may refer to an unexpected cardiac arrest as a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with cardiac arrest, 43% report having shortness of breath, 30% report having difficulty breathing, and 26% report having sharp chest pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of cardiac arrest are increased heart rate, decreased heart rate, and pallor, although you may still have cardiac arrest without those symptoms.
Patients with cardiac arrest often receive intravenous fluid replacement, electrocardiogram, hematologic tests, complete blood count, cardiac monitoring, radiographic imaging procedure, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and plain x-ray .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with cardiac arrest include epinephrine, atropine (uaa), sodium bicarbonate, amiodarone, dopamine, diltiazem, norepinephrine, potassium bicarbonate, naloxone (suboxone), propofol, vecuronium, magnesium sulfate and adenosine .
Groups of people at highest risk for cardiac arrest include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.