Cardiac arrest is a condition during which the heart does not function. The person experiences a sudden loss of heartbeat. It causes a disturbance in pumping which results in lack of blood flow to rest of the body. It happens due to disturbance in electrical signals of the heart. Cardiac arrest should be treated immediately otherwise it can lead to death. It is a very serious heart condition because it can lead to sudden death. You should visit a doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned below:
Immediate symptoms include
A heart attack occurs when there is a loss of blood supply to the heart. Along with blood the heart does not get oxygen as well and the heart muscles begin to die. Heart attack is also called myocardial infarction. There are certain warning signs which can indicate a heart attack. Symptoms of heart attack include:
Difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest
There is a lot of confusion between heart attack and cardiac arrest. Both heart attack and cardiac arrest may have the same symptoms, but there is a huge difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. During a heart attack, there is a blockage in an artery, which prevents the blood and oxygen from reaching the heart. Whereas, during a cardiac arrest the heart stops working due to a sudden disturbance. The heartbeat becomes too fast or irregular. It is mainly due to the problem in the electrical system of the heart.
Treatment for cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest is very sudden. The patient can be saved from a cardiac arrest if he/she receives a medical assistance within a few minutes. In the meantime, an automated defibrillator can be used or the patient can be given CPR- cardiopulmonary. CPR helps pump the blood into the patient's body when as the heart does not work during cardiac arrest. To begin giving CPR, a person should press the patient’s chest up and down and give continuous breaths to save the patient’s life.
Ways to prevent cardiac diseases
Heart diseases can be prevented with some simple lifestyle changes. Some of the lifestyle changes can be:
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