Do you know the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest? Are you even aware there is a difference between them? Being able to distinguish the signs and symptoms may help you to prevent a fatal event. When it comes to your cardiac health, knowledge is definitely power.
Discerning One from the Other
There is a prevailing misunderstanding on the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. In its most simple terms, a heart attack is a circulation problem that occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. Cardiac arrest is an electrical problem that causes the heart to malfunction and stop beating. Both are seriously scary medical conditions but very different.
The two conditions are linked. Sudden cardiac arrest can occur following a heart attack, or recovery from one. Other heart conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest include a thickened heart muscle, heart failure, arrhythmias (especially ventricular fibrillation), and long Q-T syndrome.
What to Do for Heart Attack & Cardiac Arrest
Call 9-1-1 if you suspect a heart attack, because every minute matters. Calling EMS means treatment can start much earlier than by going to the hospital on your own. Trained EMS staff can also revive someone whose heart has stopped.
If you suspect cardiac arrest, call 9-1-1 immediately, because it is reversible in most victims if treated within a few minutes. Obtain an automated external defibrillator as soon as possible and immediately apply. Begin CPR immediately and continue until an EMS team arrives.
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