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Cardiac arrest and heart attack: What’s the difference?

While most would think that cardiac arrest and heart attacks are synonymous, they’re actually two completely different things.

A cardiac arrest happens when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. During a cardiac arrest, the brain lacks oxygen as the heart stops pumping blood, causing unconsciousness and loss of breath. On the other hand, a heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart often leading to symptoms such as chest pain and sweating.

Heart patients have the highest risk of suffering from cardiac arrest. These patients need treatment with various medications to reduce the chance of heart attacks from occurring. While cardiac arrest among the younger generation is rare, it is still possible especially patients with a family history of unexplained cardiac arrest.

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