Can This Death Be Sudden Cardiac Arrest ?
he tried hard four times to inhale but the air wasn't going in then his eyes rolled back in his head and his head fell forward. I listened for a heart beat, felt for a pulse, and listened for breathing. Gone. my son was gone. I can't live with myself because I should have tried to revive him but he'd been sick for 12 yrs and had a DNR. He was just there and then he just wasn't. I grieve badly daily because I feel like I should have done something or noticed something before it reached that point. My question to you is a simple one...what do you think caused my son to pass over to be with his Lord? I have read, researched, studied. I get lots of different possibilities. FYI, here are some more historical facts: his blood had begun to shunt the day we saw dr but we didn't mention it because we didn't know what it was till a nurse told me at his funeral- we just thought his fingers were cold. He'd been hospitalized possibly 3 times in the last year for hyperkalemia, and several times for primarily dehydration, and once for Hyperphosphatemia. He had had pleural effusion 3 times in the last 3 yrs, but not in the last year and it colapsed a lung once but those were extreme frantic times unlike the day he left us. In the past, once he talked out of his head in the ER and an idiot dr who knew nothing but one philosophy i.e.,young people who do that are either on
drugs or alcohol almost let him die--That philosophy is not true; he was severely dehydrated and simply needed iv fluids. But I digress. He was Not talking out of his head the day he left. He had No fever. He was pale but I'd seen that before. He complained of No pain except a little headache. The vomitting came sudden just the once. So, Doctor, what do you think.... Heart attack or Cardiac arrest without pain? Pulmonary edema without chest tightness or crackling sound with stethscope? Pulmonary embolism? Thorasic aneurysm? Splenic Exsanguination/hemoragic shock possibly from a slow leak around one of the splenic infarctions? I'm at a loss. Thank you
Hello dear. Sudden cardiac death is the likely cause
My condolences for this great loss to you. May god give you all courage to bear the hard time. Whatever you have done, only a brave person can do. I once again sympathise with you.
Likely cause in this case can be sudden cardiac death resulting from a sudden arrythmia most likely ventricular fibrillation. Any electrolyte imbalance can give rise to such picture.
Another cause can be a sudden massive pulmonary embolism.