Because they are serious matters and anyone may suffer from them, it’s of utmost importance for you to be familiar with the primary differences among cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke. Other than knowing what each of them are, being aware of the various risk factors — especially the ones which can be reversed or prevented — can help considerably lower your risk of suffering from any one of them. Read on!
Cardiac Arrest: A Problem Concerning the Electrical System of the Heart
It happens when the heart muscles suddenly stop beating due to the organ’s malfunctioning.
A cardiac arrest is triggered by the heart’s electrical system that has gone haywire, causing arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and even complete cessation of the pumping action of the heart.
Someone who suffers from cardiac arrest and fails to get immediate treatment may die in just a matter of minutes.
With the heart unable to pump blood, the supply of oxygen to the various parts of the body — including most especially the brain — is disrupted, causing cellular death.
Cardiac arrest causes signs such as gasping, absence of breath and unresponsiveness.
In the US, experts say that almost 360,000 cases of cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital setting annually.
Some risk factors include age, gender, family history, coronary heart disease, history of arrhythmias, smoking, and
drug or alcohol abuse.