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Heart Disease Infographic: Knowing the Difference Between a Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest

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Did you know that many people are unaware that sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack are two different conditions, which are are often confused with one another? Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in the United States, causing about 325,000 adult deaths each year. Knowing the different symptoms for a heart attack and cardiac arrest are vital if you find yourself in an emergency situation.



How is sudden cardiac arrest different from a heart attack?

Sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart. When oxygen in the blood can't reach the heart muscle, the heart becomes damaged and begins to die. 

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the electrical system to the heart malfunctions and suddenly becomes very irregular, causing the heart to begin dangerously fast. With the heart's pumping action disrupted, it cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs and other vital organs. Unfortunately, death can occur within minutes if the victim does not receive proper treatment. 

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

The first step to preventing a heart attack is to understand the risk factors.  Heart attacks can be difficult to determine since symptoms may not occur at the same time, and instead gradually appear. It is important to remember that the longer a patient goes without treatment, the greater the damage.

  • Chest pain 
  • Pain in other parts of your upper body, including one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or abdomen 
  • Nausea or stomach cramping
  • Dizziness
  • Cold sweat
  • Shortness of breath 

Symptoms of Cardiac Arrest 

Sudden cardiac arrest symptoms are immediate and drastic. 

  • Sudden collapse
  • No pulse
  • No breating 
  • Loss of consciousness  

Exceptional Heart Care at UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge

Choosing the right hospital for your heart care can be one of the most important decisions you make to ensure a long, healthy life ahead. From diagnosis to treatment, make sure you are taking the proper precautions to prevent devastating damage to your heart.

UnityPoint Health - Trinity is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy heart through a wide range of comprehensive cardiology care. Heart problems can go undetected for years. Preventing a heart attack and cardiac arrest starts by scheduling a heart health screening at Trinity Healthy Living. 

Whether you are managing your blood pressure, recovering from a heart attack or facing circulatory issues, you can be confident that the attention you deserve is waiting for you at UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge!