Michael Clarke Duncan Suffers Cardiac Arrest

Michael Clarke Duncan posing at an eventMichael Clarke Duncan, the actor best known for his Oscar-nominated role alongside Tom Hanks in The Green Mile, was rushed to an L.A. hospital after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest earlier today. The star is currently in intensive care.

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“According to doctors, Michael Clarke Duncan’s became non-responsive early this morning,” the 54-year-old star’s publicist told E! News. “He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery.”

READ: Early Signs You’ll Have A Heart Attack

His girlfriend, Apprentice vet Omarosa Stallworth, performed CPR and managed to resuscitate him upon discovering Duncan in a state of cardiac arrest just before 2 a.m., TMZ reports. Reports are saying she was successful, and her quick action played a major role in 54-year-old Duncan’s survival.

How To Tell If  You Or A Loved One Is Having A Heart Emergency

Everyone should know the outward warning signs of heart disease.

Pain in the chest, shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, or back can be a symptom of heart disease. If you have heart disease, you might feel chest pain during physical activity. But, it can have other causes too, so it is important to check with your doctor to learn what is triggering yours.

Other signs of potential heart problems include:

A weak or numb feeling on one side of the face or body
Shortness of breath
Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, stomach, and neck.

Some people who have a problem with their heartbeat may report a fluttering in their chest or the feeling that their heart is skipping a beat or beating too hard.

It’s very important to note that early heart disease often doesn’t have symptoms; that’s why regular checkups with a healthcare provider are important. Your doctor will check things like cholesterol, a fat that can add to plaques in your arteries, and your blood pressure. They might also do a blood test for CRP (c-reactive protein). You might also have an ECG or EKG, an electrocardiogram. This is a test that looks at electrical activity in your heart.

In Case of a Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest…

It is important to seek treatment for a heart attack immediately. Otherwise, further damage to the heart muscle can occur and an irregular heart rhythm may develop.

Sudden cardiac arrest—the stopping of the heart—occurs when the heart stops completely. Unless treated, a person whose heart has stopped can die within minutes.

People who experience a heart attack need emergency care such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or electrical shock (defibrillation). That’s why you need to act quickly once you notice the signs and symptoms of heart attack.

If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Bystanders who have been trained to perform CPR or use a defibrillator may be able to help the victim until emergency medical personnel arrive. At the hospital, doctors can perform tests to determine whether a heart attack is occurring and decide on the best treatment.