Respiratory arrest is a medical emergency in which breathing stops or is significantly reduced. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Without oxygen, the brain and other organs can damage and even die.
Several factors, including trauma, infection, or a medical condition such as asthma, COPD, or heart failure, can cause respiratory arrest. It can also be caused by drugs or alcohol or a lack of oxygen due to drowning or choking.
The most common symptom of respiratory arrest is difficulty breathing, which can range from shallow breaths to complete cessation of breathing. Other symptoms may include chest pain, confusion, and loss of consciousness.
Treatment for respiratory arrest depends on the underlying cause. Oxygen therapy is often used to help restore normal breathing. In some cases, medications may be used to treat the underlying cause. In severe cases, a breathing tube may be inserted into the airway to help support breathing. If a respiratory arrest is not treated quickly, it can lead to brain damage, organ failure, and even death. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention immediately if you or someone else is experiencing difficulty breathing.