- The most common rhythms of arrest are pulseless ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.
- The most common cause is ischaemic heart disease.
- Presentation is usually sudden and manifests as loss of consciousness.
- Treatment is through implementing the algorithms for basic and advanced cardiac life support.
- The overall survival from cardiac arrest is poor and fraught with complications of many organ systems due to ischaemic injury.
Other related conditions
- Sustained ventricular tachycardias
- Non-sustained ventricular tachycardias
- Overview of acute coronary syndrome
- ST-elevation myocardial infarction
- Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction
- Assessment of cardiomyopathy
- Chronic congestive heart failure
- Acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure
- Long QT syndrome
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Electrical injury
- Pulmonary embolism
- Cardiac tamponade
- Atrioventricular block
Last updated: Apr 23, 2013