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Heart Stopped During Surgery
twochickstesting posted:
About 2 years ago I was gravely ill and had an emergency thorocotomy due to a infection peel that formed on the outside of my lung. My infection rate was very high. During the surgery, about 3.5 hours into it, my heart slowed and then stopped. They revived me, after 90 seconds, using CPR and epinephrine. I am a 38 year old female with no other health conditions. I had been sedated prior without complication. I have since gone through 2 lexi scans, 2 treadmill stress tests and no issues whatsoever were found. I do not have high blood pressure or cholesterol. I want to get an elective surgery. My cardiologist has already given me the clearance to do it. I am curious why my heart stopped. Does this mean it will stop again if put under??
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"I am curious why my heart stopped."

This can not be truly determined here. All one can do is guess or speculate.

"Does this mean it will stop again if put under??"

Hopefully not, though unfortunately, anything is seemingly possible during surgery.

Best of luck with any future surgeries/procedures and down the road of life.

Take care,


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