This is Dr. David
I am sorry about your nan.
if she had some damage to her heart during the cardiac arrest, she could be having excessive fluid back up in her lungs.
and this can look like emphysema on chest xray.
I hope she wakes up soon.
I agree with not trying to do resuscitation again a second time which would probably be too much for her.
she already suffers from a weak heart,
so this cardiac arrest was very serious on her already weak heart.
so she could be having congestive heart failure where fluid backs up in the lungs and can cause swellling in the legs.
I'm sure she is on lasix diuretic to try to get rid of excessive fluid from her body.
her legs are not swollen, they keep checking for that, i will ask if she is on that.
I hope she is comfortable and not in pain.
I'm sure her doctors are doing all they can to help keep her blood pressures up if her heart is weak.
I cannot understand how she has developed this emphysema as she has never smoked
and how it has not been picked up befor
as I said, she could be having fluid back up in her heart from a weak heart.
this is called congestive heart failure and can look like emphysema on chest xray when it is not emphysema
but just excessive fluid in the lungs.
right i see, and what are the odds on her surviving if she has this?
it is really hard to know
it depends on how much of her heart was damaged and how much is functioning now.
it might be hard to tell at this point how much heart muscle is working.
she might be able to have a cardiac echocardiogram to see how much of her heart is working
and what her ejection fraction might be.
I bet her ejection fraction is quite low. that is the fraction of blood in her heart which is ejected with each heart beat.
her breathing does not seem to bad, it is just her level of consciousness that is worrying. They say that they cannot see if there would be any brain damage for another 3-5 days
as it will not show us on a scan
it will on an MRI scan of the brain.
has she had an MRI scan of the brain.
this is more detailed than a CT scan of the brain.
she has had a ct scan
there is not sign of a stroke either
that is good.
I hope she wakes up soon
best of luck to you and her
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thankyou, you have been most helpful. i will question the doctors on everything tonight.
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