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ask: What could be the reason for this sudden death like this???? heart attack??

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One of my sweetest friend first got a fever for 2 days and she had been treated for respiratory infections by her doc, but she never had any cold, just the slightest fever. The third day also she was in real bad condition looking very tired and had not taken proper food. So, we took her to other doc and there she was complaining of shortness of breath if she lays flat, if she lays to the left or right she is alright. The doc did not check her pulse or BP, with the stethoscope he tested her heart beat and told may be for gastritis the shortness of breath. So, he gave a gastritis pill and gastritis liquid, then he told to have food. But exactly after 10 minutes of the pill and liquid, she was sweating and 5 minutes after sweating, she became unconscious, but actually she was dead when we took her to the hospital. It seems she had borderline diabetes. I am really feeling guilty we should not have taken her to that doc instead admit her to the hospital. Can u please help me in knowing the cause of her death.

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anon,

I'm so sorry to hear that your friend passed away. The first thing I really, really, want you to understand is that her passing is not your fault, there is nothing you could have done to prevent it, and there are always "what ifs" in everything in life. But try very hard not to think of these and just accept that as painful as it is, it was just her time. 

In regards to your question...Sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack (myocardial infarction). Heart attacks occur when there is a blockage in one or more of the coronary arteries, preventing the heart from receiving enough oxygen-rich blood. If the oxygen in the blood cannot reach the heart muscle, the heart becomes damaged.

In contrast, sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system to the heart malfunctions and suddenly becomes very irregular. The heart beats dangerously fast. The ventricles may flutter or quiver (ventricular fibrillation), and blood is not delivered to the body. In the first few minutes, the greatest concern is that blood flow to the brain will be reduced so drastically that a person will lose consciousness. Death follows unless emergency treatment is begun immediately.

The doctor that saw your friend...was he a cardiologist? If not, the symptoms of cardiac arrest can sometimes be very similar to heartburn or gastritis. This doctor's first assumption was probably something that he sees more often than not and really a sudden arrest is usually unforeseen. 

I hope you have a good support system that can help you cope with the loss of your friend. You were a good friend to her by taking her to the doctor, it is obvious that you truly cared for her. 

Wishing you peace,

Rosa

December 8, 2012 - 6:48pm
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

Thank you so much Dear Rosa, i am really convinced by your soothing answer ......GOD BLESS YOU

December 9, 2012 - 8:30am
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