Cardiovascular emergencies are potentially fatal conditions that need to be treated immediately. These may include cardiac arrests, irregular heartbeats or dysrhythmia, or even a cardiopulmonary arrest that causes choking and chest pain. Patients with severe hypertension may also experience cardiovascular emergencies.
HOW IS CARDIOVASCULAR EMERGENCIES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis can be done by a general surgeon in the emergency unit of the hospital as well as a cardiologist. The doctor can conduct basic life support so that the symptoms can come to the fore as the patient surfaces for further tests like Electrocardiogram and echocardiogram that can be conducted thereafter.
HOW IS CARDIOVASCULAR EMERGENCIES TREATED?
The treatment for these kinds of emergencies includes early defibrillation and other forms of cardiac support to revive the patient before changing the airways and circulation sequence for better cardiac functioning. Chest compressions may also be carried out in such cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Managing life threats to the patient’s airway, breathing and circulation by ensuring delivery of high-flow oxygen is the most effective cardiovascular emergency treatment.