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Asthma can lead to shortage of breath and in severe cases to death by suffocation (called asthmatic asphyxia). Failure of breathing inherently involves that the heart rate stops (called cardiac arrest). A victim who is unresponsive and not breathing normally is in cardiac arrest and requires CPR. European Resuscitation Council, New Guidelines 2015 p. 82 So,...


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No, a heart does not necessarily stop beating during cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs any tine the heart cannot pump blood to the brain at a rate/volume sufficient for the patient to remain conscious. From your second link: To understand SCA [sudden cardiac arrest], it helps to understand how the heart works. The heart has an electrical system that ...


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Well I have successfully used a precordial thump to cardiorevert someone but that was long before we had things such as guidelines. And a crash cart was close by. It is thought that it should only be used when witnessing the onset of ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia but it also has the unfortunate possibility of converting that ...


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