Concomitant usage of thrombolytic therapy and therapeutic hypothermia in case of a sudden cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. Ahead of Print: TKDA-65708 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2018.65708

Concomitant usage of thrombolytic therapy and therapeutic hypothermia in case of a sudden cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism

Ali Çoner1, Tayfun Birtay2
1Department of Cardiology, Başkent University Medicine Faculty Alanya Application and Research Center, Alanya, Turkey
2Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Başkent University Medicine Faculty Alanya Application and Research Center, Alanya, Turkey

Massive pulmonary embolism is a well known cause of sudden cardiac arrest in adult population. Systemic fibrinolysis is a life-saving option in cardiac arrest victims related to massive pulmonary embolism. Therapeutic hypothermia is highly recommended for nontraumatic sudden cardiac arrest victims to minimize neurological complications. On the other hand there are limited data about the usage of therapeutic hypothermia in sudden cardiac arrest victims treated with systemic fibrinolysis. Concerns about hypothermia related coagulopathy and possible tendency to bleeding restricts the role of cooling therapy in sudden cardiac arrest victims who are given systemic fibrinolysis. In this paper, we presented a case of sudden cardiac arrest due to massive pulmonary embolism who had been treated successfully with concomitant usage of systemic fibrinolysis and therapeutic hypothermia.

Keywords: massive, pulmonary, embolism, sudden, cardiac, arrest, systemic, fibrinolysis, therapeutic, hypothermia

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Corresponding Author: Ali Çoner, Türkiye
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