cardiac arrest


Definition of cardiac arrest

: temporary or permanent cessation of the heartbeat

Examples of cardiac arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The procedure, called Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation (EPR), is a way to try to save the lives of people with severe traumatic injuries like gunshot damage—patients who have lost the majority of their blood and gone into cardiac arrest. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Doctors Place Humans in True Suspended Animation for First Time," 20 Nov. 2019 Court records say that Titus went into cardiac arrest. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Doctors said her daughter had no chance of recovery. Then, Lakeisha Cherry got better.," 19 Nov. 2019 Doctors had declared Payton Summons brain-dead and beyond hope of recovery after her heart went into cardiac arrest. Washington Post, "Spotlight on Texas’ ‘10-day rule’ in life support cases," 13 Nov. 2019 Doctors had declared Payton Summons brain-dead and beyond hope of recovery after her heart went into cardiac arrest. CBS News, "Hospital's plan to take 9-month-old girl off life support puts spotlight on Texas' "10-day rule"," 13 Nov. 2019 The 48-year-old former forward for English soccer team Aston Villa went into cardiac arrest after officers used a Taser on him in Telford, central England, in August 2016, according to the UK's PA news agency. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "UK policeman charged with murder after Tasered ex-footballer dies," 7 Nov. 2019 In February 1990, Lenise Nelson, a four-week-old infant, went into cardiac arrest but was turned away from the University of Chicago Wyler Children’s Hospital, which was five blocks away. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We found 21 deaths nationwide after hospitals turned ambulances away, but no one is tracking them," 28 Oct. 2019 The death of an inmate who lapsed into cardiac arrest after being pepper sprayed and placed in five-point restraints by correctional officers at a New Haven jail has been ruled a homicide, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Thursday. Josh Kovner,, "Death of inmate pepper sprayed, restrained at New Haven jail ruled a homicide," 24 Oct. 2019 Medics arrived on the scene after the man went into cardiac arrest. Levi Edwards |, al, "Man tased by Mobile police goes into cardiac arrest," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cardiac arrest

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Cardiac arrest.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of cardiac arrest

: abrupt temporary or permanent cessation of the heartbeat (as from ventricular fibrillation or asystole)

called also sudden cardiac arrest

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