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What causes cardiac arrest and low pulse ?

Hi, My Dad had a low pumping problem in the heart , is it really dangerous? he was having 39% while joine the hospital and after it got reduced to 25% and doctor suggested for a ballon treatment. We said yes for the balloon treatment, after the balloon treatment for 34 hrs, they removed the balloon. But my Dad died on the net day morning 4AM, he was talking normally and the heart beat was showing 114 and saturation is showing 94. 1 min before he dies also he spoke to us normally. He got suddenly breathing problem and saturation was showing blank value and he was trying to vomit and his body became stiff and he died. We are not aware what exactly reason for my Dad s death. He is having sugar and BP. Pls reply, we are very sad eventhough we had money we are not able to save my Dad.
Asked On : Thu, 7 Apr 2011
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General Surgeon 's  Response
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your dad had a cardiac occurs within seconds ..the reason could be many like ejection fraction being very low,MI ,etc..very little could have been done during post surgical care..its a sad thing..take care
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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Cardiologist, Interventional Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma's  Response
Reduced pumping of the heart produces many problems for the body as a whole. There is reduced blood supply to all the vital organs like brain, lungs, kidney. There are two main mechanisms of death - one is by pump failure when the blood returning from the lungs after oxygenation cannot be pumped out to various organs and blood jams back into the lungs and floods the airspaces causing severe breathing difficulty, pink, frothy sputum. The second major cause is due to abnormal rhythms of the heart like ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and asystole, all of which can be lethal.
An intra-aortic balloon pump can support the heart for some time; but if the pumping does not improve (ie. if there are no reversible causes), then it is very difficult.
It is probably fortunate that he had sudden death, for leading a life with chronic heart failure can often be very painful and distressing.
Diabetes and hypertension are both risk factors for heart failure, and if there has been coronary artery disease or past heart attacks, they too worsen the heart function.
More practically, it is now essential that you and your brothers and sisters should get evaluated for sugar, bp, cholesterol and renal function and take preventive steps, as needed.
Answered: Wed, 29 Jun 2011
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