Can you have a heart attack while in a coma? What would be some of the reasons for that?
Hey there nonny! Heart attacks and comas are not mutually exclusive, so yes, your comatose character can have a heart attack on top of whatever troubles made them comatose.
Heart attacks in the medical definition (myocardial infarctions) happen because the character has some plaque build up in one of the arteries that feeds the heart (the coronary arteries) that then completely occludes, starving the character of blood in that part of the heart. This can occur without the character being awake.
Unfortunately, because the character is unconscious, they won’t be able to report the chest pain or shortness of breath – they’ll likely be intubated – and so it will take doctors a while to figure out what’s going on. An EKG takes a while to show an MI, especially if the MI doesn’t affect the EKG leads that show up on a monitor. (Basically, damage to the inferior wall of the heart is what shows up in leads II and III, the typical “monitoring leads.” Damage to other areas won’t be so obvious.)
They may not even realize the character is having an MI until the patient craps out completely and dies from their infarct.
There are other, more connected events that might kill a character in a coma. One is a worsening of whatever caused the coma – usually a brain injury of some sort. Another is a pulmonary embolism. Bodies don’t like to be totally still; they’ll form clots in the deep veins of the leg (Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT). That DVT can break off and go to the lungs, and block the blood vessels that feed the lung, called a PE (pulmonary embolism). This is a very common cause of death in patients admitted to the hospital and especially in the ICU.
Urgent!!! I'm having a P.E class and we have to do heavy running, I forgot a sportsbra, what are the risks?
sit out on class. say you have allergies / are dizzy / not feeling well / stomach ache / foot hurts / etc. and go to the nurse for the class period. do not do heavy running in a binder. if anyone has an extra sports bra then if it’s your size you could wear that.
the risks are bruised chest, restricted breathing, broken ribs, passing out / not getting enough oxygen / getting lightheaded / dizzy and other permanent damage