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Sudden cardiac arrest induced by hypoglycemia and hypokalemia in a chronic alcoholic patient
 
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Chair and Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Student Scientifi c Society, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Chair and Department of Nephrology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Andrzej Prystupa   

Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University, Staszica 16, 20-081 Lublin, Poland.
 
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2010;4(1):74–76
 
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A 44-year-old alcoholic patient was admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit due to sudden cardiac arrest in the mechanism of asystole. Additional examinations revealed hypoglycemia 13 mg/dl and hypokalemia 3.27 mmol/l. Thanks to prompt resuscitation and intravenous infusion of 40% glucose and potassium, the condition of the patient improved. Based on the case reported, causes of sudden cardiac death in alcoholics are discussed.
 
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