Do you know the difference?
Many people think about heart attacks and wonder why some people die and others don't.
Lets look at the difference between a heart attack and a Cardiac Arrest.
A HEART ATTACK is a circulation problem where the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, usually from a blocked artery. The part of the heart affected by the blockage begins to die, causing damage to the heart muscle. The longer this goes on, the more damage.
The patient experiences chest discomfort, pain, shortness of breath.
A CARDIAC ARREST is an electrical problem where the heart malfunctions and stops beating normally. The ventricles quiver and cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other organs. Seconds later, the patient becomes unresponsive and not breathing normally. Death occurs in minutes if treatment is not initiated.
Defibrillation remains the most effective treatment for sudden Cardiac Arrest