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Forum Name: Ischemic Heart Disease

Question: Cardiac Arrest

 sourav_k_sircar - Mon Aug 18, 2003 4:18 am

Dear Sirs,
My mother (age 63) had a cardiac arrest on 23rd July night. Her heart stopped completely and had to be restarted with cardio massage in a hospital. She never had any heart problems, but showed left + right bundle branch blocked suddenly on 24th night. Doctor's are saying this was because of drastic decrease of electrolytes (Na - 115, K < 2 ). Her weight has gone down to 37 kgs too. God saved her that night. She was dischared on 4th April. At that point her Na ( 135) and K(4.7) were normal. She was Ok for some days, but again on 17th April, she had a lot of sweating and had to be rushed to hospital. ECG showed no blocks. She has been kept under observation for 48 hours.
Doctor's are not sure what is causing the problems and what was the initial cause.We are confused too. We love our mom a lot and cant see her suffering.
Could you please help us with your opinion what could we do to save her from future problems?She is in Calcutta.

Thanks and regards
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Thu Aug 21, 2003 9:42 pm

User avatar Dear Sourav,

Thank you very much for using our website.

What caused the cardiac arrest is most probably the very low potassium that your mom had. Although some believe that even such a low potassium does not cause any problems unless there was an underlying heart disease.

Doctors have to find out what caused the potassium to be so low and what caused the heart to stop. i assume since she was in the hospital and was treated successfully and discahrged that the doctors did lots of tests in an attempt to figure out what went wrong.

You only said that your mother did not have heart problems before so what are the problems that she had? Is she taking any medications? Why is she loosing weight like this?

She has to be admitted to the hospital and evaluated thouroughly for the reason behind all this.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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