Heart Disease Community
Cause of death?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Cause of death?

If the brain were to stop pumping the lungs, and somebody were to essentially die of suffocation, would it be easily mistaken by the coroner to have been a heart attack?
7 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
If the brain were to stop pumping the lungs, there would be something wrong with the brain that ought to be detected on an autopsy.  I would think that the cause of death would be attributed to whatever went wrong with the brain.  
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
Just to add, if there was a heart attack, the signs would be very obvious during an autopsy.
Blank
7976661_tn?1395928026
The heart pumps the blood, the brain controls the breathing. If the heart stops for whatever reason, the brain no longer will function thus death from lack of breathing. A head injury can cause breathing to stop which will cause the heart to stop. An autopsy examines all aspects of the body including brain, heart, and lungs in fine detail.
Blank
8016255_tn?1396296964
If the brain got sick and stopped pumping the lungs, causing death, would an autopsy even be performed? Or would the cause of death simply be mislabeled without an autopsy?
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
an autopsy is usually performed when requested by the consultant to the patient, or the legal system if the cause of death is unknown and needs to be established. If the cause of death is known, there is no reason to perform an autopsy.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I think it's probably common in the US that autopsies are not performed on elderly or chronically ill individuals whose exact cause of death is not known but who obviously died of natural causes.  The cause of death can be labeled as something like, "cardiopulmonary arrest" (which does not mean a heart attack; it simply means that the heart and lungs stopped).  I believe this may be done in situations in which there does not seem to be any legal or medical need for an autopsy.
Blank
63984_tn?1385441539
I agree with skydnsr and Ed  it really isn't important how someone passes to my way of thinking.  My mother died in middle of a big smile of either heart disease, stroke, kidney failure.  My father died of what was told to us of lung cancer, but he had brain cancer, a heart attack, liver cancer, caused by prostate cancer. I'd simply center on keeping the family in comfort unless you think a crime was committed.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1394988190
Blank
The Truth About Exercise—The Case f...
Jul 12 by gymdandee
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon commented on Dear MH Friends..Upda...
Jul 11
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
ejoli commented on Treatment
Jul 11
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
This is Driving Your Emotional Eati...
Jul 02 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
5856747_tn?1403352282
Blank
Sleep Apnoea
Jun 28 by Andrew John Rynne, MDBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA