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Cardiac Arrest

December 21, 2009 by USA Post 

Cardiac ArrestCardiac Arrest:Many people are wondering about the sudden death of actress Brittany Murphy, 32, found dead after going into full cardiac arrest. How did this happen?

Cardiac arrest, also called sudden cardiac arrest, is the sudden, abrupt loss of heart function. The person may or may not have a diagnosed heart disease.  The time and mode of death are unexpected. It occurs within minutes after symptoms appear.

Most cardiac arrests that lead to sudden death occur when the electrical impulses in a heart become rapid or chaotic or both. This irregular heart rhythm causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Some cardiac arrests are due to extreme slowing of the heart.

Coronary heart disease can lead to cardiac arrest. But there are many other causes , some include respiratory arrest, electrocution, drowning, shock, choking, eating disorders, trauma and drug overdose.

This past June, Pop star Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest. Doctor prescribed drugs have been linked to his death. His death has been ruled a homocide.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office tells web site, TMZ, foul play is not suspected at this time. Some prescriptions were found in the house. Toxicology tests will be performed, which could take up to six weeks.  TMZ also reveals Murphy’s mother says Brittany had a history of diabetes. Her death is still being investigated.

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