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Oct- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

Do you know the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

What is cardiac arrest?

When cardiac arrest strikes, the heart stops. Completely! This is due to an electrical malfunction in the heart that results in an irregular heart beat and the heart being unable to pump blood to the rest of the body. Symptoms of cardiac arrest come on very suddenly. A victim of cardiac arrest will immediately become unresponsive, and without treatment, death can occur within minutes.

What can to you do to help?

• Call 911

• Perform high-quality CPR, pushing hard and fast on the chest to help move blood through the heart into the rest of the body.

• Use an automated external defibrillator (AED), if it’s available, and administer a shock if necessary.

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is impeded due to a blocked artery. Symptoms of a heart attack can vary, sometimes coming on suddenly and sometimes starting slowly and persisting for hours, days, or weeks. They can include pain or discomfort in the chest, back, or jaw; shortness of breath; cold sweats; and/or nausea and vomiting. Unlike with cardiac arrest, the heart does not usually stop beating. If the artery is not unblocked quickly, the section of the heart not receiving oxygen-rich blood because of the blockage begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater the damage can be.

What can to you do to help?

• Call 911

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