Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack: What’s The Difference?

    An EKG machineMany people tend to confuse and interchange the terms “heart attack” and “cardiac arrest,” but it is very important to note that these are two completely different medical conditions.

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    Understanding these differences can help save lives.

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    What is Cardiac Arrest?

    A cardiac arrest is a sudden collapse in an individual who is non-responsive, and who has abnormal breathing. Abnormal breathing is either agonal respiration, or gasping, or not breathing at all. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops completely. In this situation, it is important to call 9-1-1, and to administer CPR if necessary. Unless treated, a person suffering from cardiac arrest can die within minutes.

    What is a Heart Attack?

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