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- Feb 09 2017
What is a Cardiac arrest?
What exactly happens when one has a cardiac arrest?
A cardiac arrest is basically an electrical malfunction of the heart that is most often very sudden and has no warning or symptoms. Arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat occurs due to malfunction which disrupts the heart’s pumping action. This means there is no pumping towards the brain, lungs and other vital organs which results in the person collapsing almost instantly. If the person does not receive medical aid, they die within minutes because they have no pulse.
Is it linked ti heart attacks?
Heart attacks increase the risk of cardiac arrests and arrests can occur after an attack or during recovery from a heart attack. Heart attacks don’t usually lead to cardiac arrests but, sudden arrests are usually due to heart attacks and other heart conditions like ventricular fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias etc.
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