How Does A Cardiac Arrest Differ From A Heart Attack?

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The news about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest yesterday has shook the entire state as well as the nation. Many people have mistaken her cardiac arrest to be a heart attack.

So today at Boldsky we bring to you certain facts about how a cardiac arrest differs from a heart attack. Being extra cautious about one's own health is very important in order to prevent a cardiac arrest.

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Keeping oneself away from stress and knowing the warning signs are a must if you want to keep cardiac arrest at bay. Many a times people just ignore these signs thinking it to be just a normal pain. But these are actually the small things that one needs to be careful about in order to prevent a cardiac arrest.

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Also, people who are ageing need to be extra careful about their health as these are the group of people who are among the worst hit by cardic arrest and other heart-related ailments.

Here are a few of the points that help one to differentiate a cardiac arrest from a heart attack and the ways to prevent them. Take a look.

causes of cardiac arrest

#1. The first fact is that in case of a cardiac arrest the heart actually stops beating totally. But in case of a heart attack the heart will keep beating but the coronory arteries will get blocked.

causes of cardiac arrest

#2. The first symptoms that a victim of a cardiac arrest shows are sudden loss of consciousness, no breathing and loss of pulse. On the other hand chest pain, breathlessness and sweating are the major symptoms of a heart attack.

causes of cardiac arrest

#3. So what causes a cardaic arrest? When the heart rhythm becomes abnormal, its natural electrical activity gets affected and it's not able to pump the blood to the body. This leads to a cardiac arrest. On the other hand, a blockage of the coronory arteries leads to a heart attack.

causes of cardiac arrest

#4. Yet another important fact about a cardiac arrest is that a heart attack can give rise to a cardiac arrest. When the supply of blood to the heart muscle is disrupted it can stop the heart beat and the person suffers from a cardiac arrest.

causes of cardiac arrest

#5. Risk factors for cardiac arrest include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and family history of heart disease.

causes of cardiac arrest

#6. The only similarity is that if left untreated on time, both - cardiac arrest and heart attack will turn fatal. Hence, getting immediate medical intervention within minutes of a cardiac arrest or a heart attack is very important.

Story first published: Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:45 [IST]
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