When you think of the term “cardiac arrest,” you may automatically assume it is the same as having a heart attack. The two conditions, while related, are not the same.
Electrical malfunction: Cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart. The heart stops beating as it should, and all the pumping ability ceases. Blood flow to the lungs, brain and other major organs is disrupted and can happen due to arrhythmias or irregular heart rhythms.
Circulation malfunction: Heart attack
On the other hand, a heart attack is caused when there is a blockage that prevents blood flow to the heart. Someone having a heart attack can go into cardiac arrest as a result.
What are the signs of cardiac arrest?
Cardiac arrest is a common cause of death and can happen within minutes if not treated properly. If immediate action is not taken to help someone in cardiac arrest, it can be fatal. Thousands of cases occur each year, with about three-fourths of them happening at home.
Someone does not have to have heart disease to go into cardiac death. It can happen with or without warning. A person going into cardiac arrest may suddenly collapse, have no pulse, and stop breathing. If you suspect someone is going into cardiac arrest, it is best to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use a defibrillator to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm as soon as possible. If two people can respond, one should administer CPR while the other calls 911.
How can someone prevent cardiac arrest?
If you or a loved one is experiencing any chest pain or discomfort, it should not be dismissed. It may be caused by an underlying condition that could lead to cardiac arrest later on. Other symptoms that you need to look out for include:
- Heart palpitations
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
- Unexplained wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting or near fainting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Fluttering in your chest
In addition to monitoring any unusual symptoms, cardiac arrest can be prevented by taking good care of your heart. Here are some helpful tips:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet: Avoid foods high in cholesterol, fat, and sugar. Choose lean proteins and lots of fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.
- Be active: Aim to get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day.
- Lose weight: Extra pounds can put added stress on your heart. If you are overweight, find a weight loss program that works for you.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol: Curb tobacco and alcohol use for a healthy heart.
- Manage stress: Stress does more harm than good to the body. Too much stress can lead to inflammation, leading to a host of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure that can lead to heart issues. Take steps to reduce stress and anxiety to keep your heart happy.
Community First ER is here for you
As mentioned previously, time is of the essence when someone goes into cardiac arrest, so administer CPR and call 911 as soon as possible. If you or a loved one suspects an issue with your heart, Community First ER is here for you.
Upon arrival to Community First ER, we will quickly assess your condition and determine an appropriate treatment plan with access to the most sophisticated imaging equipment, including X-rays and CT scans. If you require transport to a hospital, our team can make those arrangements via ambulance or helipad services.
No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are accepted. With both adult and pediatric care available, you will experience little to no wait times to receive our personalized, compassionate, and concierge-level services. Our board-certified physicians and registered nurses will treat your child like family, making their health a top priority. We are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
About Community First ER
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