Can a person get cardiac arrest from an electric shock?

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  • Some patients can suffer from cardiac arrest after an electric shock/lightning strike. The burns which the patient experiences from electric shock are often severe at the site of contact with the electrical source and the ground. Common points of contact are hands, head and heels.

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The effects of an electrical shock can vary from none, to a slight tingle, all the way to immediate cardiac arrest. The potential severity of the shock depends on several factors, such as the electrical resistance of the body and the voltage across the two points contacted, which determine the amount of current that flows through the body.

Shock Storm. An electrical shock storm is defined as the occurrence of three or more distinct episodes of VT and/or VF within a 24 hour period, either resulting in a device intervention or monitored as a sustained VT (≥30 s). Some authors have set an arbitrary 5 min interval between VT/VF episodes to define a “storm”.

One might think it is one and done with the shock but it is not a cure; it is merely a resetting of the chaotic, confused and futile activity of the atria, so that the synchronized and regular electrical pacing provided by the sinus node in the upper right atrium can again resume its rightful role as conductor of the cardiac electrical orchestra that creates the wondrous symphony of normal cardiac contraction.

“Electrical shock (ES) is a leading cause to CA, it is the injury caused by contact with electric current passing through the human body causing undesirable effects ranging from simple burns to death.” Out-of-hospital CA is a leading cause of premature death throughout the world, survivals from which are often less than 5%.

Horizontal (hand to hand) as well as vertical current passages (hand to foot or head to foot) can thus lead to cardiac injury. 12 The two major cardiac complications of electrical shock are arrhythmias and myocardial tissue injuries.

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